Prop 49, The Overturn Citizen United Act, will have another day in court.
January 20, 2016
Late yesterday the California Legislature filed for the Court to rehear HJTA v Padilla and Restore 49 to the November 2016 ballot as the Court should have done in its January 4th ruling. The filing became official earlier today.
An Amicus Letter was also filed by MOVI, Free Speech For People, California Clean Money Campaign, CALPIRG and Courage Campaign to demonstrate to the Court that Prop 49 was driven by citizen action, to offer the Court new information and to dispel any lingering belief the Court may have that Prop 49 was a calculated act by a partisan legislature to drive turnout.
Sorry to report from the Secretary of State's office that "no action was taken" despite our hundreds upon hundreds of phone calls and the over 10,000 emails our friends at California Clean Money Campaign generated. MOVI suggested to the SoS's office that Secretary Padilla might want to release a statement for these bitterly disappointed and still disenfranchised Californians who do not understand why he chose not to defend our right to vote.
Predictably, the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-citizens-united-20160106-story.html and the San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/diaz/article/Why-legislators-should-not-put-nonbinding-6744754.php have published op-eds that are both factually wrong and betray corporate media's interest in keeping The Overturn Citizens United Act off the California ballot.
Both articles repeat the lie that this bill was driven by a Democratic Legislature’s desire to drive turnout. We know that this was a campaign driven by California citizens outraged by the Citizens United decision. NOW, the Court has the proof in the form of an amicus letter detailing how we, the citizens, drove Prop 49 through the Legislature and to the ballot. Read the amicus letter and the Legislature's brief.
On January 13th the Sacramento Bee published Michele's op-ed calling on the CA Supreme Court to order Prop 49 directly onto the November 2016 California ballot.
On January 20th, the day after the brief and the amicus letter were filed the Court gave itself an extension until April 1st to consider the writ for rehearing.
Next MOVI Meeting
Saturday February 20 12-2pm
LAPD Community Room
4861 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
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California’s Proposition 49, The Overturn Citizens United Act had its day in Court...
And while the outcome won't be certain until the California Supreme Court hands down its decision, even the Los Angeles Times headline the following day read: "California's High Court Appears Ready to Allow Voters to Weigh in on Citizens United."
DOWNLOAD AND MAIL THE LETTER TO THE JUSTICES HERE
READ THE BRIEFS FILED WITH THE SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA
We Will Not Be Silenced!
For the latest update on Prop 49 and to volunteer to help the campaign visit the Yes on Prop 49 Campaign website.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE SB1272 COMMITTEE HEARING APRIL 22, 2014 WHERE WE TESTIFIED
Let's Go To The Movies!
Our partner film Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, which many of you had the opportunity to see at the 28th Amendment National Roadshow, is now available for purchase.
Please contact us at Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, to schedule a screening or event. The film features Robert Reich, Lawrence Lessig, John Nichols, Van Jones and many more.
Once you've seen the film, please also help get more people to see it by spreading the word (also think about rating or writing a review for it on your favorite movie sites when you see it there).
The film is an important tool for raising awareness about why we need to Overturn Citizens United!
Check out why Money in Politics affects every issue you care about with the
Money In Politics A To Z Guide from the Pay 2 Play team.