The controversial Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission case has spawned a massive grassroots movement, Move to Amend, www.MoveToAmend.org, calling for an end to corporate personhood.
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.
DuPage County voters came down firmly behind proposals to rein in two forms of political power when they went to the ballot booth this week.
A statewide advisory measure urging a prohibition on simultaneously holding two elected offices drew overwhelming endorsement, with more than 90 percent in DuPage favoring the ban.
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court removed virtually all restrictions on corporate money in politics, groups around the country have been attempting to overturn the results of "Citizens United."
Now communities such as Oak Park are giving residents a voice on whether that should happen.
Oak Park Township has placed an advisory referendum on Tuesday's ballot asking voters for governments on all levels to consider a constitutional amendment regulating political funding of campaigns.
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.
Local Move to Amend activists are heading into the home stretch in several suburban communities but bracing for a fight in Wayne Township.
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.
Don’t expect to see Naperville City Council members lobbying Washington, D.C. for a constitutional amendment any time soon.
The local Move to Amend chapter appeared before the council Tuesday for the second time. And for the second time, their pleas were either rebuffed or fell on deaf ears.
The group is hoping the city will adopt a resolution supporting a constitutional amendment to abolish “corporate personhood” and the doctrine of “money as speech.”
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.