Wealthy Californians are keeping the money flowing to super political action committees, even as some state lawmakers want to turn off the faucet.
Super PACs on the left and right drew hefty contributions last month from the rich and famous – such as controversial comedian Bill Maher and GOP mega-donor Jerry Perenchio – as well as from the merely rich.
Meanwhile, state legislators are pushing bills to curb the proliferation of unlimited money in politics.
The California Assembly yesterday approved a resolution urging Congress to overturn the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The split decision helped give rise to super PACs by allowing unlimited contributions from corporations and unions to attack or support politicians, as long as the committees don't coordinate with candidates. The California bill, AJR 22, is part of a campaign to pass such resolutions around the country.
A trio of Assembly Democrats introduced another bill this week in an effort to go beyond a purely symbolic resolution. AJR 32 seeks to use a constitutional process whereby two-thirds of state legislatures can force Congress to call a constitutional convention. It calls for a constitutional amendment to declare that money does not equal speech, which would reverse decades of Supreme Court precedent.