Voters in 11 Wisconsin communities will be asked on April 5 ballots whether they support amending the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United ruling allowing corporations to finance campaigns.
Voters will cast ballots in Beloit, Janesville, Brodhead, Monroe, Clarno, York, Darlington, Belmont, Platteville, Lancaster and New London. Voters are being asked to send a message that “a corporation is not a person and money is not speech.”
If all vote in favor, this will bring to 72 the number of Wisconsin communities that have called for the We The People amendment, according to a statement from United to Amend.
Nationwide, 16 state Legislatures have voted for a constitutional amendment, as have more than 680 towns, villages, cities and counties.
“Most of our legislators are part of pay-to-play politics – they must serve their big-money funders, not the people. I want my democracy to work for my grandchildren again” said Jeanette Kelty, of the United to Amend leader in the Monroe area.
“It is now obvious that we are losing our democracy,” stated Nettie McGee, a reformer in Outagamie County. “The huge money in our political system buys our elections and politicians.”
Polls show support for the amendment among Democrats, independents and Republicans.
United to Amend said the roots of the problem run deeper than Citizens United. More than a century ago, Robert M. La Follette spoke against corruption wrought by the “concessions and privileges” given to corporations by legislators. “Why,” he asked, “in a government where the people are sovereign, why are these things tolerated?”
United To Amend is a nonpartisan, grassroots movement. For more information go to wiuta.org.