REP. TED LIEU STATEMENT ON "CITIZENS UNITED" MEASURE GOING ON CALIFORNIA BALLOT IN NOVEMBER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Los Angeles – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) released the following statement in light of the news that a Citizens United advisory measure is going on the California ballot for the November 2016 election. Mr. Lieu was the original author of the California law that created this advisory measure.
“I am elated over the news that a ballot measure on Citizens United will be going before California voters this November. Since the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision, which allowed corporations to make unlimited independent expenditures on political activities, we have seen the growing influence of Super PACs – organizations that do not truly represent the will of the American people, but give an outsized voice to the wealthiest individuals.
“Without limits on campaign contributions, politicians spend too much time catering to special interests, and not enough time connecting with everyday Americans. Our founders envisioned a government of the people, by the people, and for the people; but, that can only occur if every person is able to fairly express their views. I want to thank State Senator Ben Allen for his fierce leadership on this urgent issue. Furthermore, I believe that Congress must pass a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United so that all Americans’ voices can be heard.”
Congressman Ted W. Lieu serves on the House Committees on the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform.
He is also the Democratic Freshman Class President and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.