Proposition 59: Political spending

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Proposition 59 has to do with political campaign spending, but it is not a law or ordinance. It’s simply advisory.

Prop-59 encourages the state’s elected officials to use their influence to overturn the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision by the supreme court, potentially through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

Supporters of Prop-59 say it could lead to overturning the court ruling, which gave corporations the same rights as human beings and freed them to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections.

They say 59 will ensure that the voice of the people is not drowned out by corporations and billionaires, as well as limit excessive political spending.

Supporters include the California Democratic party and California Common Cause.

Those against 59 point out that it is a non-binding advisory question and that it fails to prohibit or limit corporate and union contributions to candidates, elected officials and political parties.

They also say the proposition allows California Congress members to tinker with the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The opposition to 59 includes San Diego State Assemblymen Brian Jones and Brian Maienschein.

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