SCOTUS, Interrupted: Wolf PAC Takes Citizens United Repeal To The States

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Close your eyes and imagine America circumventing a do-nothing Congress, and a blatantly partisan Supreme Court of the United States, to effect necessary democratic change. Daydream for a moment about empowered citizens successfully lobbying State governments to create a mechanism for reversing the corrosive influence of private money into local, regional and national elections.

Now open your eyes. Because the fantasy is rapidly becoming reality.

According to Kira Elliot, an Illinois volunteer for Wolf PAC, “The sad fact is that most of us have no idea about the power offered by Article V of the Constitution.” It is with regret I report that until earlier this week, this columnist was of that number.

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Slightly excerpted, Article V reads as follows:

“The Congress…on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress.”

Enter Wolf PAC. A grassroots effort spawned by the enormously popular Young Turk Network, Wolf’s mission is boldly simple. Per the group’s website, “We must reverse Citizens United, Restore our Democracy, and Save the Republic. Join the Fight for Free and Fair Elections in America!” But the message is more than mere rhetoric. Using the basis of Article V, Wolf PAC has a plan – and it’s working.

Elliott says, “We need 34 states to pass a resolution calling for the aforementioned convention of States. Once convened, if 75 percent of those States vote to remove all private money from politics – individual, corporate and labor union – the vote will be on its way to becoming the 28th amendment to the Constitution.”

She admits that some States will be a tougher sell than others. The group began its work seeking sign-on from the largest and most liberal in the Union. After initial success with Vermont and California, the Wolf PAC enjoyed perhaps its most unlikely victory on December 3, 2014. That is the day when SJR 42 was adopted by both houses of the Illinois Congress.

When asked how the Wolf PAC managed to pull this off in a State so notorious for corruption and machine politics that two of the last three Governors have gone on to serve time in Federal prison, Elliot says that is precisely the point. She observes, “The reason Illinois was able to get it done, and so quickly, is BECAUSE we are infamously corrupt. When Wolf PAC started getting its campaign together in the State, we found plenty of people willing to get involved.”

So passionate are the Wolf Packers about removing outside financial influence from our elections, State volunteers often stay on to lobby the next legislature on the list. The committed members of the group understand that this must be more than a cause of the moment. It took us decades to get to this place of moneyed electoral exploitation. To that end, according to Elliott, “We’re now calling citizens of other States and asking them to contact their legislators. We provide them with a list of names. New Jersey is looking ever more realistic. The resolution just needs to get past the House.”

She offers one other reason for the political action committee’s growing success – a sense of shared responsibility and community. Quite apart from the cynical, shortsighted and selfish halls of Capitol Hill, or the disingenuously impartial pretensions of the SCOTUS, Wolf Packers understand the power of relationship building and sustained teamwork. Elliott offers, “Anyone can join the Wolf PAC and there are meetups all over the country. I believe that’s where camaraderie spawns and the activism gels. We are just as dedicated to each other as we are the cause!”

For more information on Wolf PAC, and to learn how you can start taking action right now, click here.

It’s easy to forget who we are sometimes, lost in the daily shuffle of life and the dysfunctional workings of our political system as we become. But we are a nation of self-starters and entrepreneurs. Armed with the right information and energy, we can work together to fix some of our biggest problems – including the financial takeover of our democracy. The Koch Brothers are on notice.

18 Replies to “SCOTUS, Interrupted: Wolf PAC Takes Citizens United Repeal To The States”

  1. Not only the koch brothers, but the entire congress. There are many democrats in there who should be just as worried as the republicans. Get rid of them all

  2. I was watching a program on TV last night, an much to my shock there is an International organization that can overturn SCOTUS decisions! How many of you knew this? Yesterday was my birthday, so I went out for a few hours and caught the tail end of this. Apparently American attorney’s are unaware of this, or are aware and keeping their mouths shut. Citizens United can be overturned by this organization. The problem is, it takes a few years, but can be done. I just wish I can remember the name of this tribunal

  3. The problem with an initiative like this is always the danger of a run away convention. It can propose ANY amendment not just the one that sparked it. Look for Congress to propose an amendment before that has a chance to happen – like it did for Women’s Suffrage – and that is OK, as long as it happens.

  4. Imagine a country where the wealthy can’t buy politicians and their votes. Politicians would actually have to serve the people they represent. The people who would then run for office would be doing it to serve the people rather than line their pockets and screw the people. Imagine a much better country, a country the founding fathers were attempting to create, not the one being created today by the Tea Party and their uber rich benefactors. Imagine.

  5. We are fast slipping from democracy when a family can buy and sell(keystone xl)America at their will. We didnt vote in anyone named Koch, so lets depower them.

  6. That’s ok, I don’t blame you, but I have no idea what station it was. Like I said, it was my birthday, and had been celebrating, gotten home, and was tired. I know it wasn’t Fix News! And I only caught part of the programme, the tail end. It may have been C-Span, or one of the local political stations. I wasn’t paying attention, sorry

  7. What you wish for would be wonderful, but how do we start? I don’t know, but it seems re-districting would be the surest way to eliminate this feudal system of selecting our House of Representatives.
    The Tea Party hacks are always yelling, “We want our country back! Looks to me like they already have it.

  8. Calling for a Constitutional Convention is a BAD idea.

    Yes, it’s possible they could vote to repeal Citizens United and nothing else. But what are the chances of that happening?

    With that much power in their hands, the Conventioneers could vote to scrap the Bill of Rights, or even the Constitution itself.

    Is there anyone any of us trust to have that much power?

  9. Extremely Bad Idea !!!

    The last time a constitutional convention was held was “suppose” to have been to clean up the Articles of Confederation. Instead, it became the vehicle to railroad state governments bypassing them and going directly to the people offering them a government that trumped state governments. We ended up with out current Constitution.

    With the current political climate coupled with republican control over a distinct majority of voting districts and state governments, chances are they would control the agenda and I don’t need to explain any further were it would go from there.

  10. That’s exactly what happened the last time one was held and the political leaders who approved it were extremely angry it was used to repeal the Articles of Confederation in favor of the Constitution … which robbed states of just about all of their political power.

  11. That’s exactly how we ended up with our current Constitution … the convention was suppose to correct deficiencies with the Articles of Confederation … instead it became the vehicle for a completely new form of governing that gave the federal government just about all the powers the states had held.

  12. The wealthy have already bought and paid for the same state representatives that will choose the delegates to a Constitutional Convention. Likely they will appoint people already elected with Citizens United money. What makes you think such people would ever even propose, let alone pass, an amendment that cut off their reelection money supply?

  13. You are right Keith, that is how this Convention of States began. The teabeggars want to take all control from Washington and give it to the states. This pretense of getting rid of Citizens United is just a ploy to help them get 2/3 of US states on board. This is why the Koch brothers spent so much money getting Republican Governors and state legislatures. They need that 2/3 to get the ball rolling. As soon as they have it they intend to call for a Constitutional Convention. They have been working on this Convention of States for a few years now. I first discovered this movement on an extremely right wing site, I think the name was Freedom Republic.

  14. That is exactly my thought. It won’t turn out the way the Wolfpackers say it will. We could wind up with rights hard-won over a hundred fifty years gone overnight, and I’m betting that, in such an eventuality, we will. Don’t fall for it.

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