SJR 27: Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation requiring disclosure of independent expenditures made to influence public elections.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 27 01 Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation requiring disclosure of 02 independent expenditures made to influence public elections. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS a vast majority of Americans recognize that the influence of large 05 contributions by corporations, unions, other organizations, and individuals harms the ability 06 of average citizens to have a voice in their own government; and 07 WHEREAS the narrow majority five to four decision of the United States Supreme 08 Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), allows 09 corporations, unions, and other organizations to make unlimited independent expenditures in 10 support of, or in opposition to, candidates for public office; and 11 WHEREAS unlimited independent expenditures from corporations, unions, and other 12 organizations were prohibited until the court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election 13 Commission; and 14 WHEREAS much of the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by corporations, 15 unions, and other organizations since the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 16 ruling has been used for negative advertisements, which often misinform voters rather than
01 lead to productive discussions of the states' and nation's most important issues; and 02 WHEREAS the United States Supreme Court in Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976), 03 held that individuals could make unlimited independent expenditures to influence public 04 elections; 05 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 06 Congress to enact legislation requiring corporations, unions, other organizations, and 07 individuals to disclose the amount of independent expenditures made to influence public 08 elections and requiring advertisements intended to influence public elections purchased 09 through independent expenditures to include print and audible disclaimers that clearly identify 10 the top funders of the advertisements in a manner similar to that required by laws passed by 11 the Alaska State Legislature. 12 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 13 the United States; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. 14 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska 15 delegation in Congress; all other members of the 113th United States Congress; and the 16 presiding officers of the legislatures of each of the other 49 states.