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Legislature Passes Resolution Against Citizens United

More than 50,000 Californians, many of them CALPIRG members, joined our call to put our state on record in opposition to the Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates to a torrent of Super PAC-fueled campaign spending. The California Legislature passed our resolution — joining more than a dozen other states — calling for a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Citizens United decision.

Why Target Is Still a Target

By | Pedro Morillas
Legislative Director

Two years ago, the public spoke out against the Supreme Court’s decision to allow unlimited corporate spending in politics when consumers boycotted Target Corporation for controversial political spending in Minnesota’s state elections. 

News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

Bill to Ban Certain Gifts to Legislators Approved by State Senate

A bill to prohibit interests who hire lobbyists in Sacramento from giving certain gifts to legislators cleared the State Senate this morning. Over the past decade legislators have received more than $4 million in gifts.

Tragedy reinforces need for Homeowners’ Bill of Rights

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

Californin man's death is further evidence that big banks have failed consumers.  

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Democracy

Bank of America Shareholders to Vote on Political Spending Resolution

On Wednesday, May 9th, shareholders at Bank of America will vote on a first-of-its-kind “refrain from political spending” resolution. The resolution would request that the board of directors impose a ban on the use of corporate treasury funds to influence the political process. This would include contributions to Super PACs, political non-profits, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) of which Bank of America is a known member, and trade associations, such as the Chamber of Commerce.

Senate Elections Committee Testimony on AJR 22

By | Pedro Morillas
Legislative Director

AJR 22 is an important message and an important opportunity to get the public to coalesce behind a concrete solution to the problems created by the Supreme Court’s misstep in the Citizens United case two years ago.

News Release | CALPIRG | Democracy

California Assembly Officially Goes On Record Opposing Citizens United

The Assembly passed AJR 22, a resolution that puts California on record calling for a constitutional amendment overturning the 2010 Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited corporate spending in elections.

Media Hit | Democracy

Why Republicans Weren't Excited on Super PAC Tuesday

There is a more fundamental problem that explains much of the disconnect between the Republican candidates and the rank-and-file voters: the fact is, voters did not choose these candidates -- donors did.

Report | CALPIRG | Democracy

Auctioning Democracy

This appendix provides a detailed look at business funding for Super PACs: top business donors, Super PACs which received the most business money, and amount and number of contributions by state.

Report | CALPIRG | Democracy

Auctioning Democracy

Dēmos and U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis of Federal Election Commission data on Super PACs from their advent in 2010 through the end of 2011 reveals the following:

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