A press conference was held at the Madison Capitol on January 21, the fourth anniversary of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision on Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which opened the floodgates for huge amounts of money to be given by corporations and the extremely wealthy, as a form of "free speech," to political campaigns.
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.)
We seem to be losing our local control to higher and higher levels of government each year. Our waters don't seem to be protected from pollution or overuse.
Big business now has more ability than ever to come in and run small, locally-owned businesses out of town; not by competing but by being chosen and receiving subsidies and favor. Our local communities seem to lose more funding for things like roads and schools while in the end the taxes continue to go up.
Yesterday the state Assembly voted along party lines to keep a legislative resolution calling for a statewide referendum on money in politics bottled up in committee. The resolution seeks to place a question on the November 2014 ballot asking voters if they support amending the U.S. Constitution to reverse the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United and other related cases.
The First Amendment to the Constitution didn’t give corporations and other entities the power to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign ads. But four years ago – on Jan. 21, to be exact – the Supreme Court did just that.
They created a new definition of First Amendment rights, defining corporate spending on elections as an expression of freedom of speech.