Proposition 49 started as Senate Bill 1272, the Overturn Citizens United Act, introduced and authored by Senator Ted Lieu. After hearing from our volunteers and activists, the Legislature voted and the Governor allowed SB 1272 to appear on the November 2014 ballot as Proposition 49. Money Out Voters In, a group of volunteers that Common Cause is a fiscal sponsor for, led the campaign to put this important question to the voters of California.
This is part of a nationwide movement demanding that Congress take action to reduce the influence of Big Money in politics. In 2012, Montana and Colorado approved similar measure by margins of 3 to 1. Now California, our nation’s most populous state, might have the chance to elevate the debate and pressure our representatives to listen to the will of the people.