New Mexico House Votes for a Constitutional Amendment to Over-rule Citizens United

Along with allied groups including Common Cause and the Center for Civic Policy, we won a major victory in New Mexico yesterday, when the State House of Representatives approved a memorial (a.k.a. resolution or bill) calling for a Constitutional Amendment to over-rule Citizens United.

Here's the story from our friends at the Center for Civic Policy:

The state House of Representatives voted to ask Congress to send the states a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The House voted 38-29 with all Democrats, one Republican and one independent voting for the proposal.

Referring to the millions of dollars of Super PAC campaign spending this year, Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque) said, “There are plenty of people in our districts and in our state that are not happy with the political process in general and this just adds fuel to the fire.”

The Citizens United decision is a controversial and unpopular decision. One effect of the Citizens United decision is in allowing corporations to make unlimited “independent” expenditures, much of it undisclosed, that aid or oppose political candidates.

These “Super PACs” have come to special prominence by spending millions of dollars in the current Republican presidential primary. This includes $10 million in donations from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson to a Super PAC that some say is “singlehandedly keeping Newt [Gingrich] alive” in the presidential race.

To read the full story at CCP's blog, Clearly New Mexico, click here.