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

Move to Amend Reports Interview with Libby Carr of WAmend

April 10, 2014

Check out Move to Amend Reports, our weekly internet radio show. Laura Bonham and Egberto Willies of the Move to Amend National Leadership Team bring you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution. Every Thursday at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern. 

In the second half of tonight's show, we will speak with Libby Carr, a long-time activist and the campaign manager for WAmend, a coalition of grassroots organizations (including several local MTA groups) who believe that unlimited and anonymous money has corrupted our political system. Libby will be talking about WAmend's efforts in Washington State in calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Press Coverage

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.

Port Townsend council backs idea that corporations aren't people

March 6, 2012

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend City Council has voted unanimously to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would strike down the idea that corporations have the same rights as individual citizens.

“Corporations are not people and do not have the same rights,” said Jackie Aase during the comment period at Monday's council meeting.

“Your actions here will help the nation to get behind a well-written and effective constitutional amendment,” she said.

Steve Hamm said 1,200 signatures were gathered on a petition.