Washington

Move to Amend local affiliates in Washington state, as well as Move to Amend National, are coalition partners in a group called "WAmend".  

WAmend's mission is to put the State of Washington on record as calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The amendment will empower the people to pass laws which will limit and control money in politics. We believe this amendment is needed to declare the intent of the people to make political candidates and representatives responsive to the needs and desires of the people alone.

The amendment would clarify that:

  • The rights of people protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of human beings only.
  • All citizens should have equal voice in the political process, and no person or artificial legal entity should gain undue influence over government as a result of financial resources. To meet this goal, federal, state, and local governments shall be fully empowered to regulate all political contributions and expenditures.
  • All political contributions and expenditures shall be publicly disclosed in a full and timely manner.

On January 29, the Washington Secretary of State gave us the green light to begin collecting the 250,000 valid signatures required to get Initiative 1329 on the November 2014 statewide ballot.  We have until June 25 to accomplish this feat, using all volunteers. 

Here are the full text of the initiative as well as the 75 Word Summary and the 30 Word Concise Description that are on the official petition.

PLEASE HELP US COLLECT SIGNATURES - Sign Up at the WAmend website!

Check out the WAMend website to learn more about the campaign to get Initiative 1329 on the ballot and how you can get involved.

Announcements

Ronald McDonald and Friends Sue Seattle to Stop Minimum Wage Hike

March 9, 2015

Last summer, the City of Seattle passed a law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. But in a bizarre twist, Ronald McDonald and friends are suing the city. On March 10, they'll be in a federal courtroom, complaining that the new minimum wage violates a constitutional provision that was written to protect newly-freed slaves after the Civil War.

The International Franchise Association, with assistance from the National Restaurant Association and other industry trade groups, is claiming that the law is not just bad for their bottom line, but actually violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Press Coverage

Putting Corporations In Their Place

May 7, 2014

In the aftermath of the Civil War, the U.S. Constitution was amended to clarify that people could not be property. No one thought to clarify that the opposite was true, that property could not also be people; yet for 150 years that concept has been expanded upon, even hijacked, imbuing corporations with the powers and rights once considered bestowed only to the children of a divine Creator......(read more)

Whidbey McCutcheon Protest Coverage

April 8, 2014

Island County Citizens Ignited and supporters of WA Ballot Initiative I-1329 protested the McCutcheon decision and got front-page coverage in the Whidbey News-Times. Join our I-1329 team collecting signatures to get amendment vote on the WA November ballot! contact Kim Jordan

Kirkland council supports national effort: 'Corporations not people, money not free speech'

February 27, 2013

The Kirkland City Council approved a resolution Feb. 19 supporting a national movement that would disallow corporations the same political speech protections as those afforded to individuals.

The move, if ultimately passed at the national level, would prohibit corporate spending from influencing campaigns and elections.