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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.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 4, 2012 @ 5:35 p.m.

The amendment would establish that corporations are not people and corporate spending on elections is not protected free speech

Amen to that- it will never happen, too much $$$pecial interest money.

Corps can become persons when the can be sent to prison, and die a natural death.

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Don Bauder Dec. 4, 2012 @ 7:18 p.m.

SurfPup: One story making the rounds (I haven't seen it, and have no idea whether it has any validity) is that the Democrats profited more from Citizens United than the Republicans in the last election. Frankly, I doubt that. Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers and other multi-billionaires shoveled bundles into the campaign surreptitiously. Incidentally, a sign is making the rounds: "I won't believe corporations are people until Texas executes one." Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 4, 2012 @ 9:13 p.m.

"I won't believe corporations are people until Texas executes one."

That is it in a nutshell.

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Don Bauder Dec. 4, 2012 @ 9:31 p.m.

SurfPup: I don't know about nutshells, but Texas has plenty of nuts. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 4, 2012 @ 5:37 p.m.

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.

Citizens United and Kelo v City of New London...... The Two worst SCOTUS decisions in the last 50-75 years.

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Don Bauder Dec. 4, 2012 @ 7:20 p.m.

SurfPup: I can't disagree. Both decisions were horrible. And that's what we can expect out of this court. It is owned by big business. Best, Don Bauder

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Bob_Hudson Dec. 4, 2012 @ 8:02 p.m.

This city council vote sounds like a solution in search of a problem: Obama beat Romney, Peters beat Bilbray, Filner beat DeMaio, etc., etc.

Let's face the truth Don: Citizens United has about as much impact on elections as does Doug Manchester. The public employee unions now control California politics at all levels and any business caught supporting conservative causes will face a lynch mob.

But Emerald's disingenuous crocodile tears make for a fun read.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 4, 2012 @ 9:12 p.m.

Let's face the truth Don: Citizens United has about as much impact on elections as does Doug Manchester.

Not true- Prop 30 out spent the opposition 5-1, don't tell me that was not the difference.

In cases like Meg WHitman, you have a point though.

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Don Bauder Dec. 5, 2012 @ 2:10 p.m.

SurfPup: Money talks, but why must it nauseate? It sways some elections but not others. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 4, 2012 @ 9:34 p.m.

Bob: Let's turn one sentence around: In San Diego, any business caught supporting progressive causes will face a Lynch mob. Best, Don Bauder

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