The Corvallis initiative supports a nationwide effort called Move to Amend, which aims to overturn a 2010 Supreme Court decision on campaign financing.
In Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission the court held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions.
The decision has led to the creation of “super PACs” and a dramatic increase in campaign spending nationally.
“It looks like we are going to win by a landslide, which is something we were really hoping to do,” said local organizer Rachel Ozretich. “The city of Corvallis always has been forward-thinking ... Our democracy is under assault. This is about much more than reversing the Citizens United decision. This is about putting together a constitutional amendment that says that corporations are not people, and that money is not speech. We’re looking forward to next year, when we’ll start working on counties and at the state level.”
As an advisory issue, Measure 02-81 does not require any action, and there was no organized opposition to it.
Move To Amend has chapters in Corvallis, Portland, Salem, Bend, Grants Pass, Eugene and Ashland. Measures similar to 02-81 were on ballots in Eugene, Ashland and Lincoln County.
Amending the Constitution is not easy.
The main route requires a bill to pass both houses of Congress on a two-thirds vote and be ratified by three-quarters of the states. Of the two most recent amendments, No. 26 (voting rights for 18-year-olds) required three months, and No. 27 (rules on congressional raises) took more than 200 years.
MOVE TO AMEND
Results as of 12:41 a.m. today.
ABOUT THE MEASURE
Measure 02-81 is an advisory measure that calls for a constitutional amendment to overturn a Supreme Court decision on campaign financing.
Measure 02-81, the Corvallis advisory measure on campaign financing, passed easily on Tuesday.