The California state Assembly passed a bill Thursday to place an advisory measure on the November ballot that — if passed — would task lawmakers with proposing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Senate Bill 254, authored by state Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, is the latest salvo in California's fight against the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. That ruling rolled back a previous ban on corporate spending in federal elections and opened the door to unlimited corporate money going into super PACs to influence elections, candidate selection and policy decisions.
Super PAC funding by corporations and other organizations has since surpassed $1 billion, with more than $600 million of that coming from just 195 donors, according to Allen's office.
"People across the political spectrum are frustrated and want to weigh in about the unchecked power of money in politics," Allen said in a statement. "It is one of the most potentially harmful issues affecting politics and our system of governance, and Californians deserve to have their voices heard on it."
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