November 8, 2016 Ballot Prop. 59

Proposition 59: Overturn of Citizens United Act Advisory Question

Official Results

Available once the California Secretary of State has certified the election. This can take up to 3 weeks or more.

Yes votes: 6,845,943 (53.2%)
No votes: 6,027,084 (46.8%)

Asks whether California's elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional. Fiscal Impact: No direct fiscal effect on state or local governments.

Pro/Con Statements

Proponents of Proposition 59 believe the Citizens United v FEC ruling giving corporations the same rights as people has led to disasterous results. They believe that it has allowed corporations and the wealthy to control politics. They believe that Proposition 59 would be a step towards reversing the decision.
Opponents of Proposition 59 claim that reversing the Citizens United v FEC ruling would make it impossible for small businesses, churches, and many other organizations to express their viewpoints with political donations. They believe people would lose their Constitutional rights by becoming involved in a company or organization that is incorporated if the measure passes.