New Mexico House backs amendment to overturn Citizens United
There’s fresh evidence from New Mexico this week that the national campaign to amend our Constitution to get control of the big money flowing into our elections continues to pick up steam.
New Mexico’s House of Representatives voted 38-29 on Wednesday for a resolution calling on Congress to pass an amendment overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Action in the state Senate is expected soon.
The House vote was bipartisan, as one Republican and one independent representative joined Democrats in advancing the resolution.
The New Mexico vote follows the adoption of similar resolutions in more than a dozen localities across the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Boulder, Co., and Missoula, Mt..
Through Amend2012.org, Common Cause is helping citizens lobby state and local lawmakers to support overturning Citizens United and declaring that corporations aren’t people, money isn’t speech and Congress should have authority to impose sensible restrictions on corporate and other special interest spending on our elections.
The Amend 2012 campaign’s principal aim is to give citizens a chance to speak on the issue directly, at the ballot box, in as many states as possible. Common Cause is exploring voter initiative and referendum campaigns in several states this year to allow citizens to vote to instruct their senators and congressmen to pass an amendment.
Voter instructions have been used repeatedly in American history to prod Congress into action. A century ago, instructions from several states led Congress to pass an amendment shifting the election of U.S. Senators from state legislatures to votes by the people.