For Immediate Release: July 12, 2012
Contact: Tom Wodetzki, 937-1113, tw [at] mcn.org
The Mendocino County effort to pass an amendment to the US Constitution that would help remove corporate money from our elections got a big assist last week. The California Assembly passed a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United decision. That unpopular decision allows corporations to anonymously spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.
California became the sixth state in the nation to oppose Big Money's takeover of elections, joining Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maryland. The goal of the local efforts is a constitutional amendment to clarify that corporations do not have the same constitutional rights as humans, corporate spending is not protected "free speech," and citizens have a right to limit special interest money in elections and government.
Co-chair of the Mendocino County Move to Amend effort, Tom Wodetzki, said "Residents right here in Mendocino County will have the opportunity to vote this fall on a ballot measure advocating a constitutional amendment to help get money out of politics. Ours could be the first county in California to pass such a citizens initiative, and thereby join the growing number of counties, cities and states nationwide expressing a strong desire to restore real democracy."
"Our federal and state representatives are not acting to end this outrageous corruption of our elections," continued Mr. Wodetzki, "since they benefit from the status quo. So only an ever-growing demand from the grassroots will get the legal change we need, which has to be in the form of a Constitutional amendment. It would need three-fourths of the states to ratify it to become law. The Constitution has been amended 27 times to date."
Residents wishing more information about or wanting to help with this Mendocino County Move to Amend effort should contact Tom Wodetzki, 937-1113, tw [at] mcn.org.