Assembly votes to deny voters a chance to have their say

February 12, 2014
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Yesterday the state Assembly voted along party lines to keep a legislative resolution calling for a statewide referendum on money in politics bottled up in committee. The resolution seeks to place a question on the November 2014 ballot asking voters if they support amending the U.S. Constitution to reverse the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United and other related cases.

On the heels of the Assembly vote, an identical resolution is being introduced in the state Senate and the Money Out, Voters In coalition of which the Democracy Campaign is a part is continuing to make the case for a statewide vote giving citizens a chance to weigh in on the subject of money in politics continues.

After looking over yesterday's roll call vote in the Assembly, you might want to have a word with your state representative about the importance of giving voters a chance to have their voices heard on money in politics and Citizens United.

Roll Call Vote
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/votes/assembly/av0294

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Assembly Joint Resolution 50: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/proposals/ajr50

"The U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in Citizens United and related cases allow unlimited spending to influence local, state, and federal elections. To allow all Americans to have an equal say in our democracy, shall Wisconsin's congressional delegation support, and the Wisconsin legislature ratify, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution stating:

1. Only human beings—not corporations, unions, nonprofit organizations, or similar associations—are endowed with constitutional rights, and

2. Money is not speech, and therefore limiting political contributions and spending is not equivalent to restricting political speech?"

Let Wisconsin vote on balanced budget, Citizens United
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