For Immediate Release California Supreme Court Silences Voters

Posted on August 11, 2014

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Today the California Supreme Court made a last-minute decision to halt the election for Proposition 49, ultimately blocking voters’ ability to express their views on one of our nation’s most pressing issues: the undue influence of money in our political process. Today was also the deadline for the California Secretary of State to send the voter information guide to the state printer. Given the Court’s decision, Proposition 49 will not appear on the November 2014 ballot.

“For more than 100 years, California’s cherished initiative process has allowed voters to impel Congress to act on important issues of the day,” said Kathay Feng, Executive Director of California Common Cause. “Today’s decision could be the start of a slippery slope that takes away the people’s power to use initiatives to prompt action and create positive change.”

“The Court continues to protect the rights of incorporated special interests while suppressing the voices of living, breathing human beings,” was the reaction of Michele Sutter, cofounder of Money Out, Voters In and Chair of the Yes on 49 Committee.

Proposition 49 was an advisory measure that was put on the ballot by Senate Bill 1272, the Overturn Citizens United Act, which would have asked the United States Congress to take action to stop the flood of unlimited spending in electoral campaigns. The Court’s order will be reviewed in September and the measure still might appear on a future ballot.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: California Common Cause, Common Cause National

Issues: Money In Politics, Money in Politics

Tags: Proposition 49 & SB 254, Fighting Big Money, Amend U.S.


Posted by George at: 12:14 PM, August 14, 2014
Cheryl, Our courts, our politicians and our police are now all corrupt. That is an unholy alliance and it must fail. We must change it to something holy.
Posted by rick at: 07:56 AM, August 12, 2014
'Activist judges' is not something progressives normally say.
Posted by Cheryl at: 01:18 AM, August 12, 2014
When I signed your petition, I continually ask how we can reform the courts. We are missing the fact that not only is our politics corrupt, but our courts are corrupt. See my story at Note how these judges just make up their own facts and lie by omitting significant legal terms etc. ...and I have so many more examples of this type of bold judicial fraud. We have to clean up the courts as well as our politics. So it is no surprise the court stepped in to side with the corporations. Our government is owned by the corporations, including our judges. How do we get around the court keeping us from putting issues on the ballot? Why do we even need the legislature for this? ...don't we have enough votes from the people to put something on the ballot?

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