Rep. Chu Recognizes City of Los Angeles’ Resolution Urging an End to Corporate Power in Elections
El Monte, CA – Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32) today thanked the Los Angeles City Council for approving a resolution that calls for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. The Council approved the resolution during its session on December 6, 2011.
Their vote is part of a coordinated nationwide effort to focus on this issue. Localities nationwide will spotlight these resolutions June 11-15 during Resolutions Week.
The Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling gave corporations and wealthy individuals the power to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaign advertisements. Since the Supreme Court’s decision Super PACs and corporations have spent record amounts of money in elections nationwide. Corporate spending has soared the 2010 election cycle by 427%, reaching totals of $294.2 million.
“The Supreme Court decided that corporations have the same free speech rights as individuals, which is entirely untrue,” said Rep. Chu. “This is the fundamental problem with our politics and it’s great to see state and local governments standing up against special interest control over our elections. After all, government is supposed to work for all of us, but that will not happen until corporations stop controlling elections.”
Rep. Chu welcomed the groundswell of support from hundreds of elected officials and organizations for reversing this ruling. Members of Congress have introduced 20 constitutional amendments to reverse Citizens United, as have 21 state legislatures and more than 150 cities.
As of May 23, 2012, 555 groups organized as Super PACs have reported receiving $216,143,964 and spending $112,737,727 in the 2012 election cycle. Overall spending in the 2012 election is predicted to reach up to $8 billion.