Salt Lake City Move to Amend

Date Established: 

February 2012

Move to Amend Salt Lake secured a tremendous victory in September 2013. By a 9-1 margin in a new City Opinion Question process, Salt Lake voters supported a 28th amendment to end corporate personhood and the influence of money in politics.

As residents of one of only four states that have no restrictions on corporate contributions, we are uniquely positioned to make meaningful reforms locally. Our City Council Working Group meets regularly within our current campaign for a city-wide ban on direct corporate contributions to political candidates, and to reduce the contribution limits for individuals to $500. We encourage you to join us at our meetings, or participate by meeting your City Council representative, writing newspaper letters to the editor, handing out flyers at related events, etc.

Move to Amend Salt Lake is also teaming up with Peaceful Uprising to launch The People's Listening Project this summer and fall. We'll be traveling through the city in a mobile cafe to collect people's stories on how inequality has effected their lives, to hear about the issues that people care about, and to work together towards social justice for all. To get involved, see the People's Listening Project Facebook page.


Press Coverage

Salt Lake City council ignores citizens on campaign finance reform

December 19, 2015

The amount of money in American elections is at an all-time high.  In 2012 more than $2 Billion was spent on Congressional campaigns alone, and this year will no doubt set a new record.  Most of this money is coming from big corporations, unions, and super-rich individuals.  A 2014 study by economists Gilens and Page found that, as a result, ordinary voters have virtually zero influence on public policy. The US public is well aware of its impotence.  Polls show that some 84% of Americans believe their voices don’t count and that there is too much money in election campaigns.

Salt Lake City passes campaign finance reform

December 9, 2015

In its last meeting of the year, the Salt Lake City Council followed through on its campaign-finance reform pledge by slashing contribution limits.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the council cut maximum contributions to a mayoral candidate from $7,500 to $3,500. It also reduced maximum donations to council candidates from $1,500 to $750. Those limits apply to individuals, as well as corporations, non-profits and unions.

The caps apply only to Salt Lake City. Utah state law contains no limits on campaign contributions.

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