The bipartisan measure passed the state House by a 48-11 margin, with 14 Republican votes (the majority of state House Republicans), and the state Senate by a 17-13 margin, with one Republican, Senator Betsy Close (R-Albany), voting in favor. [...]Getting corporate money out of politics is the key to restoring a healthy democracy, to electing public officials who care more about their voting constituents than their donating constituents, and to seeing nine Supreme Court justices who care more about the rule of law than the rule of the dollar. Most of Oregon's congressional delegation—U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader—are cosponsoring resolutions to overturn Citizens United. Are your representatives?
Oregon joins four other states – Delaware, Maine, West Virginia and Illinois – that have called for a constitutional amendment over just the past two months. All of the resolutions this year have passed with bipartisan support in at least one chamber. This is an issue that affects every American, regardless of political affiliation.
The other states that have called for an amendment to overturn Citizens United are California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado and Montana. The Washington, D.C., Council has called for an amendment as well.
If it's going to take a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, count Oregon in. On Monday, it became the 16th state to call on Congress to pass an amendment overturning that 2010 decision.