On April 1, the city of Lake Mills and town of Waterloo, along with 11 other communities in Wisconsin, will be voting to get money out of politics. The referendum is part of a national movement, Move to Amend, to amend the Constitution to declare that corporations and unions are not people, and that money is not speech and therefore can be regulated.
The movement developed in response to the Citizens United decision, which had the effect of opening the flood gates of election spending from undisclosed sources for dubious purposes.
Unregulated spending by these third parties is largely the source of the continuous stream of negative campaign advertising on your TV, and the explosion of junk mail in your mailbox, leading up to an election.
The cities of Fort Atkinson and Whitewater both passed this same resolution last year with a 77 to 82 percent majority. We hope Lake Mills and Waterloo vote “yes” April 1 and join the dozens of other communities that have already passed the resolution.
If you are undecided and want to know more, please join us March 31 at 7 p.m. at the L.D. Fargo Library, where we will have the founder of the Move to Amend movement, David Cobb, explain “corporate personhood” like no one else can. This is a rare treat for him to have chosen Lake Mills from the 13 communities with referendums on the April 1 ballot. Please don’t miss this opportunity.
Even if you don’t live in Lake Mills or Waterloo, but want to know more about the movement, or would like to know more about starting a referendum in your community, please join us March 31.
/s/ Sue Handrich-Herr
Wisconsin Move to Amend