Monthly Archives: October, 2012

New Jersey Becomes the 9th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

New Jersey is now officially the 9th state to tell Congress it must vote to overturn Citizens United through a Constitutional Amendment!  Both NJ state resolutions (AR86 and SR47) will go directly to Washington – congratulations and thank you.

SR47 passed on October 4th by a voice vote with no nay votes recorded.  AR86 passed October 18th by a roll call vote: 49 Yeas – 23 Nays – 6 Abstentions – 2 Not voting.

NJOCU remains committed to the goal of getting money out of politics and to the eventual ratification of a specific amendment proposal from Congress (or a people’s convention).  While we are happy to see that our efforts on AR86 and SR47 have come to fruition, we do understand that a lot of work remains to be done.

Here’s a sampling of what we’re working on NOW.

  • Direct contact with New Jersey’s national congressional legislators on the topic of money in politics and specifically a constitutional amendment to re-enable or instigate campaign and lobbying reforms in America
  • Passage of local resolutions throughout the state
  • Grassroots organization building
  • Efforts to broaden the base to include a wider spectrum of political partisans and civic groups
  • Efforts to educate the public and the media

Current List of States calling for a constitutional amendment (at the time of New Jersey’s passage).

California
Connecticut
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Jersey
New Mexico
Hawaii
Rhode Island
Vermont

This is what people-power looks like.  People are rising up all over the country and saying they want a government by, of and for the people; NOT by, of and for the money interests!!

Again – THANKS to all involved!

Contact Us to Get Involved.

AR86 WINs in the New Jersey Assembly!

A.R. 86 passes in the New Jersey Assembly!

This follows on the heels of the identical bill, S.R. 47, being passed in the New Jersey State Senate.  Both sides of the New Jersey legislature have now passed the same resolution calling for a constitution amendment to restore the people’s right to develop and conduct free, fair and open elections.

On October 18th, 2012, A.R. 86, a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, passed through the New Jersey State Assembly.  New Jersey becomes the 9th state in these United States to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

A.R. 86 had the sponsorship of these legislators:

Herb Conaway Jr. — Primary Sponsor
Daniel R. Benson — Primary Sponsor
Timothy J. Eustace — Primary Sponsor
Linda Stender — Primary Sponsor
Gordon M. Johnson — Co-Sponsor
Upendra J. Chivukula — Co-Sponsor
Ralph R. Caputo — Co-Sponsor
Reed Gusciora — Co-Sponsor
John F. McKeon — Co-Sponsor
Ruben J. RamosJr. — Co-Sponsor
Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. — Co-Sponsor
Benjie E. Wimberly — Co-Sponsor

Previously, on October 4th, the New Jersey State Senate passed S.R. 47, a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

We would like to thank the SR47 sponsors:

Jeff Van Drew – Primary Sponsor
Brian P. Stack – Primary Sponsor
Barbara Buono – Co-Sponsor
Shirley K. Turner – Co-Sponsor
Linda R. Greenstein – Co-Sponsor
M. Teresa Ruiz – Co-Sponsor

The NJ Senate AND Assembly have spoken and the US Congress can now consider their call for a constitutional amendment.

We applaud all of the legislators fighting to restore free, fair and open elections to America.

The campaign to pass S.R. 47 and A.R. 86 is spearheaded by the NJ Coalition for the Overturn of Citizens United. The Coalition includes: American Dream Movement of Cape May County, BlueWaveNJ, Food and Water Watch, Free Speech For People, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 877, New Jersey Common Cause, New Jersey American Federation of Teachers, New Jersey Communications Workers of America, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey MoveOn Councils (Mid-Jersey, Essex, Hudson), New Jersey Main Street Alliance, New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, New Jersey Sierra Club, New Jersey State Industrial Union Council, New Jersey Tenants Organization, New Jersey Work Environment Council, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, United Steelworkers District 4, Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey.

SR47 WINs in the New Jersey State Senate!

A.R. 86 through State Government committee

S.R. 47 through New Jersey State Senate

On October 4th, the New Jersey State Senate passed S.R. 47, a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

We would like to thank the SR47 sponsors:

Jeff Van Drew – Primary Sponsor
Brian P. Stack – Primary Sponsor
Barbara Buono – Co-Sponsor
Shirley K. Turner – Co-Sponsor
Linda R. Greenstein – Co-Sponsor
M. Teresa Ruiz – Co-Sponsor

The NJ Senate has spoken and the US Congress can now consider their call for a constitutional amendment.  Meanwhile NJOCU continues to support efforts to get A.R. 86 through the State Assembly.

On September 25th, 2012, A.R. 86 passed through the New Jersey State Assembly’s State Government committee.  That means the bill is eligible for inclusion on the agenda of the general session of the State Assembly.  When A.R. 86 is approved, New Jersey will become the 9th state in these United States to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

A.R. 86 has the sposorship of these legislators:

Herb Conaway Jr. — Primary Sponsor
Daniel R. Benson — Primary Sponsor
Timothy J. Eustace — Primary Sponsor
Linda Stender — Primary Sponsor
Gordon M. Johnson — Co-Sponsor
Upendra J. Chivukula — Co-Sponsor
Ralph R. Caputo — Co-Sponsor
Reed Gusciora — Co-Sponsor
John F. McKeon — Co-Sponsor
Ruben J. RamosJr. — Co-Sponsor
Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. — Co-Sponsor
Benjie E. Wimberly — Co-Sponsor

We applaud all of the legislators fighting to restore free, fair and open elections to America.

The campaign to pass S.R. 47 and A.R. 86 is spearheaded by the NJ Coalition for the Overturn of Citizens United. The Coalition includes: American Dream Movement of Cape May County, BlueWaveNJ, Food and Water Watch, Free Speech For People,  International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 877, New Jersey Common Cause, New Jersey American Federation of Teachers, New Jersey Communications Workers of America, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey MoveOn Councils (Mid-Jersey, Essex, Hudson), New Jersey Main Street Alliance, New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, New Jersey Sierra Club, New Jersey State Industrial Union Council, New Jersey Tenants Organization, New Jersey Work Environment Council, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, United Steelworkers District 4, Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey.