Supreme Court Blocks Citizens United Advisory Proposition From Ballot

I’ve previously reported on SB 1272 which was rushed through the legislature and allowed to become “law” without Governor Brown’s signature.   The bill, authored by Senator Ted Lieu, calls for an advisory vote on whether the United States Congress and California Legislature should approve an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning the United States

SB 1272 (NKA Proposition 49) – The Secretary of State’s Pretend Invitation

Last week, I wrote that Governor Brown had allowed SB 1272 to become law without his signature.  To say that SB 1272 became law is an hyperbole because, as Governor Brown observed, the bill “has no legal effect whatsoever”.  The bill, authored by Senator Ted Lieu, calls for an advisory vote on whether the United States Congress and California

Californians To Vote On Stripping Common Cause Of Its First Amendment Rights

I recently wrote about SB 1272 (Lieu) which calls a special election for this November 4 at which California voters will be able to cast an advisory vote on whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 130 S.Ct. 876 (2010).  Last week, Governor

Californians May Vote This November On Whether To Overturn Citizens United

Although state law does not explicitly authorize advisory elections, the California legislature is poised to pass a bill calling a special election for this November for an advisory vote.  SB 1272 (Lieu) would submit the following question to the voters: “Shall the Congress of the United States propose, and the California Legislature ratify, an amendment

Political Spending Disclosure Bill Set For First Committee Hearing Today

In January, I wrote about Senator Noreen Evans bill, SB 121, that would require any corporation (as defined)  that has shareholders located in California and that makes a contribution or expenditure (as defined): to issue a report on the political expenditures of the corporation in the previous fiscal year, and to notify shareholders not less

Are Political Contributions Ultra Vires?

It’s been three years, but the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm’n, 558 US 50 (2010) continues to foment a fierce debate about corporate political spending.  In February, Representative Adam Schiff of California introduced a resolution, H.J. Res. 31,  to amend the Constitution as follows: Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to forbid Congress

Senator Seeks 24-Hour Advance Notice Of Corporate Political Contributions/Assemblymember Asks For Constitutional Convention

Yesterday, Broc Romanek noted the continuing interest in mandating disclosure of political spending by corporations.   See Battle Lines Being Drawn: Political Spending Disclosures.   We are also seeing activity here in California. Last week, Senator Noreen Evans introduced SB 121 to require any corporation that has shareholders located in California and that makes a contribution or expenditure

Bill Proposes Another Reason Not To Incorporate In California

In January, I wrote about Senator Noreen Evans’ introduction of a bill, SB 982, to require corporations to issue a report on planned political spending as well as expenditures for the previous fiscal year.  Now, Assembly members Jared Huffman and Michael Allen have introduced a bill, AB 2050, that provides: No domestic corporation may, directly or

CalPERS Approves Political Contribution Guideline Despite Vehement U.S. Chamber Opposition

At yesterday’s meeting, the Investment Committee of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) approved updates to its “Global Principles of Accountable Corporate Governance”.  Among other changes, the update includes a new Principle 6.5 regarding charitable and political contributions. The genesis of this proposal was a June 1, 2011 letter from California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer asking

California Legislature Takes On Citizens United by Proposing to Require Refunds to Shareholders Objecting to Political Expenditures

The California legislature has reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 50 (2010) by gutting and amending AB 919 (Nava).  That bill started out life last year as a “spot” bill.   A “spot” bill is a bill that makes a very inconsequential change to a statute