Scott Marks 9:44 a.m., May 21
Call to overturn Supreme Court
City Council asks for Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
The San Diego City Council voted 8 to 0 today (Dec. 4) to ask Congress to get the ball rolling on amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case. The amendment would establish that corporations are not people and corporate spending on elections is not protected free speech. The measure was put forward by Councilmember Marti Emerald and backed by Emerald, David Alvarez, Tony Young, Kevin Faulconer, Scott Sherman, Sherri Lightner, Todd Gloria and Lorie Zapf. Mark Kersey was not present.
Citizens United has been one of the high court's most controversial decisions. It held that political spending by corporations and unions is protected by First Amendment free speech rights. The result was creation of Super PACS that massively fed money to candidates in this year's election. Before the measure was passed by the Rules Committee on Nov. 14, Emerald wrote that "the Citizens United case directly impacts state and local efforts to control the influence of corporate money in their own elections." San Diego's council is one of several political bodies having voted for the overturn of Citizens United.