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New Mexico House Passes Bill Calling On Congress To Reverse Citizens United

Well, son-of-a-gun (hmmm… I’ll have to google the origin of that saying). I am a transplant to New Mexico and have typically found this state to be somewhat backwards from time to time. Needless to say, I am pleasantly surprised over this news.

The New Mexico House joins the city councils of New York City, Albany, Missoula, Los Angeles, and several others across the country in calling for an end to Citizens United. The bill now heads for the New Mexico Senate.

The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday, calling for Congress to overturn Citizens United via Constitutional Amendment. The final vote was 38-29 with one independent and one Republican joining Democrats to rebuke the controversial Supreme Court case that has allowed corporations and the super wealthy to donate unlimited amounts of money to candidates through the unfettered use of Super PACS.

The notion that corporations are people is very unpopular among the American people and the movement for a Constitutional Amendment is only growing, especially since Occupy Wall Street made the repeal of Citizens United one of their key demands. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been vocal about his support of Citizens United, going so far as to declare that corporations are people in front of a crowd in Iowa. One thing is clear though. The American people do not like the idea of corporate personhood and are furious about corporations buying elections. And rightfully so. The American people want their democracy back.

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  1. Yay Team!!! Sure would love to see this movement go national. I’ve heard that the only thing that will really put a stake through the heart of the Citizens United ruling is a constitutional amendment, which would have to pass both the house and the senate, and then be ratified by two thirds of the state legislatures. A long haul, but any movement forward is encouraging.

  2. I love how Supreme Court Justice Scalia, blame Conress for the way the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United. He knows damn well he could have voted the other way, and we wouldn’t be having this conversation. He’s another one to be put on the barge, along Clarence ‘the useless justice’ Thomas…

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