Huge margins back up claim that 'nearly all Americans share the sentiment that corporations should not have the same rights as people'
Citizens in dozens of communities voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for their legislators to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which opened the door for the super-rich and corporations to trample democracy.
As they headed to the polls to vote in what turned out to be the most expensive midterm election in history — one in which outside money from undisclosed sources played an outsized role and the number of small individual donors shrank — voters across the country made clear their desire to end corporate personhood and get big money out of politics.
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This week features Wisconsin Move to Amenders Mary Laan and George Penn to talk with us about ballot initiatives in 12 Wisconsin communities where voters will decide whether to amend the Constitution to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech.
The nonpartisan Move To Amend Rock River Affiliate group is petitioning in Watertown from now through Nov. 24 to get a question on the ballot for the April 7, 2015, election. The group is collecting signatures at Veterans Memorial Park, Riverside Park, around town and door-to-door. They will also be outside the polls during the Nov. 4 election asking for signatures.
Move to Amend is beginning a petition campaign in the City of Watertown on September 26 to gather signatures to place the question of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment on the Watertown ballot April 7, 2015.
The Move to Amend amendment basically states:
1. Only human beings, not corporations, unions, non-profits, or other such organizations are entitled to personhood rights, and
2. Money is not speech.
The Milwaukee County Board decided to let the voters have a voice on the subject of money in politics by overriding County Executive Abele's veto.
In November 2014, the County will be voting on whether there should be a U.S. Constitutional Amendment stating that money is not speech and a corporation is not entitled to Constitutional Rights. A yes vote will mean you want to reverse the narrow 5:4 Citizens United Decision by the Supreme Court, not change the Constitution, as some want us to believe.