October 15, 2013
John Smith (562) 237-3482
City of Upland Speaks Out Against Citizens United v. FEC
UPLAND, CA - The Upland City Council has adopted a strongly worded resolution to support a Constitutional amendment that would overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision by the US Supreme Court. The council, at last night's meeting, voted 3 to 1 in favor, with 1 abstention. Voting yes was Mayor Pro Tem Debbie Stone, who made the motion to adopt the resolution, along with Council Member Glenn Bozar and Mayor Ray Musser.
Speaking in favor of the resolution to support an amendment, Bozar said that over $7 billion was spent on the 2012 elections. "It's got to be dealt with", he said. "We need to let Congress know our position."
About 20 supporters of the resolution from around the city, as well as Common Cause, and other supporters from as far away as the Pasadena, attended the meeting, held on Monday, October 14.
Mary Lou Williams, Dorothy Lebovitz, and Curt Lewis, all from Upland, led the effort to bring the resolution to the council. Upland now joins with over 500 cities and 16 states nationwide, and 50 cities in California, calling for an amendment to the Constitution.
Common Cause organizer John Smith, who helped with the resolution, said "the amendment is all about local control of elections. A city may have tough campaign finance laws, but the Court has ruled that any independent organization can spend unlimited money in any election. So supporting the Citizens United amendment is a measure of self defense."
To learn more about Common Cause's National drive to overturn Citizens United, visit http://www.onlypeoplearepeople.org
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