The financing of political campaigns is one area where the gap between what voter’s want and what the law of the land is appears vast.
Supporters hope to persuade state to appeal to Congress for action
Some Chicago-area voters this week were asked to weigh in on the issue of corporate spending in political campaigns as part of a movement with the ultimate goal of amending the U.S. Constitution to change the way elections are financed.
Kane County Chief Deputy Clerk Stan Bond can’t confirm that the number of signatures turned in for an advisory referendum was record-breaking, but it is certainly a contender for the title.
“It’s exceptional,” Bond said.
The city of Elgin is considering a formal policy discouraging public requests for proclamations that are political or “highly controversial.”
Members of Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice and Kane County Move to Amend have spoken during council meetings in recent months urging the group to pass a resolution in support of an amendment to the United States Constitution. The amendment would limit the use of corporate, special interest and private money in politics, including elections.
A dedicated group rushing to gather enough signatures to get an advisory public question on the Kane County ballot by Aug. 6 is hopeful but aware success might be a long shot.
The group is asking Kane County residents to put a question on the ballot asking voters if they think the U.S. Constitution should be amended to limit the use of corporate, special interest and private money from any political activity, including elections.
The U.S. Constitution hasn’t seen an amendment successfully ratified since 1992, but a group of local activists may push a referendum on November ballots that would serve notice that voters think it’s time for another change.