Minkoff-Zern, Jonah


Jonah Minkoff-Zern is Senior Organizer of Public Citizen's Democracy Is For People Campaign that has worked with Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski to develop a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.citizen.org.

Vermont Was Third. Will California Be Next?

By Jonah Minkoff-Zern
Public Citizen

Vermont today became the third state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Which state will be next? It could very well be California.

If the state approves AJR 22, introduced in January by Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski and Michael Allen, California would be the fourth state in the union to back an amendment (Hawaii and New Mexico are the first two). The resolution calls for an amendment that would prevent corporations from being granted the same rights as individuals. It would help create fair elections, in which Congress could regulate all forms of campaign spending.

The resolution passed the Assembly in March by a 48-22 vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing will be held on May 1.

California Moves Resolution Ahead Calling for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

By Jonah Minkoff-Zern
Public Citizen

California, which so often is ahead of the country in enacting forward-looking policies, is poised to be on the leading edge again. On Monday, Assembly Joint Resolution 22, which calls for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision and return fair elections and constitutional rights to the people, passed the California Assembly Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-2. And just today, the state Assembly voted to pass AJR 22 by a vote of 48 to 22. The bill now moves to the state Senate where if approved, would make California among the first states to officially call on Congress to amend the Constitution and undo Citizens United.