Like millions of Americans, we were outraged by the Citizens United decision and the flood of money that it unleashed on our democracy. Given the insidious way that money seeps into nearly every critical policy issue, we view this money as one of the biggest threats to our political system. So when given an opportunity to be a part of a groundbreaking initiative to rollback money’s influence, we jumped at it.
We are working with the deeply passionate leaders of a powerful grassroots movement called Money Out, Voters In, or MOVI. MOVI is fighting for Proposition 49 to give California voters a chance to weigh in on whether or not to overturn CitIzens United.
MOVI has faced obstacles from powerful interests at every turn, including a legal challenge which removed 49 from the ballot.
At long last, yesterday MOVI finally had their day in court. In a packed courtoom, lifelong public interest attorney Fred Woocher faced the 9 California supreme court justices to argue passionately on behalf of the measure.
We were honored to help make sure this case got the attention it deserved. We worked closely with a coalition of groups committed to civic engagement, helping with event planning, messaging and media outreach. Read about the hearing in the Los Angeles Times or listen to our client's interview on Capital Public Radio.
A decision is expected early next year, so with any luck, Californians will get to make their voices heard this important question when we head to the polls in 2016.