cityhall3.jpgA policy declaration opposing the legal doctrine of corporate personhood will go on San Francisco’s ballot in November after a unanimous vote Tuesday by the city’s Board of Supervisors.

The declaration, co-sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos and Christina Olague, is in response to a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution’s First Amendment prohibits the government from limiting spending by corporations for political purposes.

“We’re living in a time of trickle-down economics … where there’s a great divide between the rich and poor,” Avalos said. “Money can be the greatest influence in the outcome of an election.”

The declaration urges Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the high court’s 5-4 ruling, which was in the case Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission.

The board voted 10-0 in favor of putting the declaration on the November ballot.

Supervisor Mark Farrell was absent from Tuesday’s meeting to attend a funeral.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • misterhyde

    Can I get a Grover Norquist-esque pledge out of all future candidates for Supe that they will refuse to support any “declaration” type measures on the board’s agenda?

    Stop trying to “represent San Francisco,” board of supes, and try running San Francisco instead.

  • misterhyde

    Can I get a Grover Norquist-esque pledge out of all future candidates for Supe that they will refuse to support any “declaration” type measures on the board’s agenda?

    Stop trying to “represent San Francisco,” board of supes, and try running San Francisco instead.