Anti-tax group appeals Citizens United measure

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Updated: 8/01/2014 9:49 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An anti-tax group is asking the California Supreme Court to block an advisory ballot measure backed by Democrats after an appellate court rejected its lawsuit.

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said Thursday that his group is appealing to the state's highest court because of the appellate panel's unusual 2-1 vote.

The association wants to block the advisory measure seeking to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling allowing unlimited corporate spending.

A bill by Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu placed the nonbinding measure on the November ballot. It asks voters if they want a federal constitutional amendment to restrict corporate contributions.

Gov. Jerry Brown let SB1272 become law without his signature.

The anti-tax group argues that advisory measures are not a proper use of the ballot.

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