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'Tremendous Victory' in Growing Rebuke of Citizens United

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The people have spoken and they overwhelmingly want Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

In city-wide elections Tuesday, an astounding 76.6 percent of Los Angeles voters "emphatically endorsed" the growing national call for a constitutional amendment, declaring "Only People Are People."

The resolution, Proposition C, calls for a constitutional amendment that would overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling and limit the rights of corporations so that spending money on campaigns is not constitutionally protected speech.

Further, Proposition C demands that Los Angeles elected officials and area legislative representatives promote this mandate and push for a constitutional amendment in Sacramento and Washington D.C.

"The voters have spoken loud and clear that they want big money out of our elections," said Derek Cressman with the political watchdog group Common Cause. "Now it's up to the Los Angeles congressional delegation to heed the call from their constituents."

The Citizens United ruling "contradicts the notion of transparency that should prevail in a democracy," wrote the Los Angeles Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion, in their endorsement of the measure.

"This has unleashed an avalanche of money that denatures the democratic process. Corporations and interest groups buy more freedom of expression to promote their causes, overwhelming the level of expression of the average citizen."

The 'Only People are People' campaign was spearheaded by Common Cause, which in November initiated a national drive calling on cities and states to pass ballot measures urging Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

With this vote, Los Angeles joins the more than 175 cities where the voice of the people has overruled the Supreme Court's controversial decision.   
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