Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap says the judge has ruled against the People of Humboldt County. To which we could add - "AND IN FAVOR OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Kaitlin!"
☛ The Journal Fed Judge Issues Injunction against Measure T
The proponents of the Measure were disappointed by the ruling, but unfazed. “The court is wrong - and this isn’t the first time,” said Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, spokesperson for the Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights (HCCR). “Measure T follows in the footsteps of the suffragists, the abolitionists and Civil Rights activists who fought against Supreme Court decisions that upheld unjust laws. The majority of Humboldt citizens believe corporations have too much power in our society, especially in elections. Our democracy is deteriorating. We have an obligation to stand up for what’s right, even if the courts are not currently with us.”
☛ the Court Ruling
☛ TS Federal judge puts injunction on Measure T
A U.S. District Court judge has issued an injunction against the 2006 ballot Measure T, saying it likely violates the First and 14th amendments.
The Humboldt County ballot measure put a ban on political contributions by corporations that are not exclusively local. Mercer Fraser Co. and O&M industries, both based locally but with some of its workforce out of the area, challenged Measure T. Democracy Unlimited, the primary sponsor of the initiative, is defending the measure, saying only natural persons possess civil and political rights, unlike corporations, which are creations of state law.
Judge Susan Illston ruled Monday in San Francisco that Measure T may burden corporations' First Amendment right to make political expenditures and campaign contributions, and doesn't allow corporations to form segregated funds. But even if it did, Illston wrote, it may still be unconstitutional because it regulates non-local corporations more stringently than non-local incorporated unions.
Measure T also likely violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, Illston wrote, because it burdens corporations' right to engage in political expression, but is not narrowly tailored.
Court blocks Measure T
☛ ER Judge rules for Injunction on Measure T
☛ ER A step for freedom
☛ FredBreaking news!
SoHum Parlance: Measure T injunction
I'm thinking "Democracy Unlimited" is actually a good name for Kaitlin's group since she seems to believe in the tyranny of the majority as opposed to the Constitution and the Rule of Law. The Constitution is an impediment to the "Democracy Unlimited" folks, which is one reason why her use of the Suffragette example is so offensive.
Now, Kaitlin - how much is this costing us again?
Related documents: (I am adding these as quick links in the sidebar, too)
☛ The Complaint
☛ Case Summary
☛ The Decision
☛ (POS) Measure T