On the Citizens United decision 4th Anniversary, Money Out Voters In Wisconsin Coalition Calls for statewide vote to end corporate rule.
(Video courtesy of Scott Foval and PFAW, MOVI Colation member.)
It has been four years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its disastrous ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, opening the floodgates to unlimited independent election spending by corporations and special interest groups, much of it coming through undisclosed and untraceable “dark money” donations. In the four years since the ruling, grass-roots campaigns in 16 states and over 500 municipalities have called on the U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning it.
To mark the anniversary, United Wisconsin joined the Money Out, Voters In Wisconsin coalition and over 24,000 petition signers Tuesday to call on the Wisconsin Legislature to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 50 that would put the issue before the voters of Wisconsin via a statewide advisory referendum on the November 2014 general election ballot.
In addition to the over 24,000 statewide petition signers, 27 communities across Wisconsin have taken action through petition campaigns and grassroots lobbying efforts at the local level. They have passed resolutions and advisory referendums calling for the reversal of Citizens United through language stating that only human beings are entitled to the rights afforded by the U.S. Constitution, and that money is not equivalent to speech.
On April 1, 2014, an additional 12 Wisconsin communities will vote on local advisory referendums during the spring general election.
Unlimited election spending by corporations and special interest groups has drowned out the voice of the people in our elections, and urgent action is needed to restore our democracy. Wisconsinites will continue raising their voices until fundamental reforms to our broken campaign finance system are enacted, starting with the reversal of Citizens United.
- Lisa Subeck, United Wisconsin (MOVI member)
To show your support for a sttewide vote in Wisconsin: