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Lieu voting measure will be on November 2014 ballot
   SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Lieu praised California Gov. Brown for allowing Lieu’s measure to be placed on the November 2014 ballot to give voters the right to declare independence from the growing influence of money in politics.
   “My measure will give voice to California’s electorate about the influence of money in politics and drive a national debate on campaign-finance reform,” Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, said about SB1272’s call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “Gov. Brown and the Legislature understand that free and open elections are central to our Democracy. They also know it’s outrageous that out-of-state interests can spend millions to influence state elections. This must stop.”
   As approved by the Legislature and Brown, SB 1272 will add an advisory question to the Nov. 4 General Election ballot asking voters whether Congress should propose an amendment to the Constitution overturning a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United.
   “I too believe that Citizens United was wrongly decided and grossly underestimated the corrupting influence of unchecked money on our democratic institutions,” Brown wrote in support of SB 1272.
   Brown, who allowed Lieu’s bill to take effect without his signature, said he was not inclined to repeat his support of advisory opinions.The issue stems from a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave... To read Lieu's complete press release, click HERE: For more, including a Fact Sheet on SB 1272 and an audio interview with Sen. Lieu talks about the need for his measure, click HERE: