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HR-37 (2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 04, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

House Resolution No. 37


Introduced by Assembly Member Wieckowski

April 10, 2014


Relative to campaign contributions.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


HR 37, as amended, Wieckowski.

WHEREAS, The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) 558 U.S. 310 upset longstanding precedent limiting the political influence of corporations; corporations and unions; and
WHEREAS, The United States Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, No. 12-536 (April 2, 2014) further eviscerates our nation’s campaign finance laws by overturning nearly 40 years of law upholding aggregate limits on campaign contributions; and
WHEREAS, Aggregate contribution limits restrict the total amount of money a donor may contribute to all federal candidates and other political committees in an election cycle; and
WHEREAS, In holding that aggregate contribution limits are invalid under the First Amendment, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission creates a legal loophole that allows an individual donor to contribute millions of dollars to political parties and individual candidates; and
WHEREAS, The United States Supreme Court has long recognized that campaign finance laws are necessary not only to eliminate quid pro quo corruption in elections by preventing the direct exchange of money for official action, but also to curtail undue influence by wealthy donors; and
WHEREAS, The democratic process depends on unfettered communication between the people and their elected representatives so that the government may act in response to prevailing public opinion; and
WHEREAS, Campaign finance laws that allow limitless contributions subvert this political process by enabling the voices of the few to override the collective voice of the many; and
WHEREAS, Removing aggregate contribution limits also engenders an appearance of corruption that undermines the public’s faith in its government; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly respectfully disagrees with the majority opinion and decision of the United States Supreme Court in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission; and be it further
Resolved, That the Assembly calls upon the United States Congress to restore constitutional rights and fair elections to all people, not merely to those who can afford it; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.