Wisconsin Citizens United Resolution Calls For 2014 Referendum Question Vote

07/24/2013 06:07 pm ET
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Add another state to the list of those taking action toward a vote to overturn Citizens United.

According to a Wednesday Wisconsin Democracy Campaign press release, legislation has been introduced to get a referendum question on the state's 2014 ballot.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and related cases allow unlimited spending to influence local, state, and federal elections. To allow all Americans to have an equal say in our democracy, shall Wisconsin’s congressional delegation support, and the Wisconsin legislature ratify, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution stating:

1. Only human beings—not corporations, unions, nonprofit organizations, or similar associations—are endowed with constitutional rights, and

2. Money is not speech, and therefore limiting political contributions and spending is not equivalent to restricting political speech?”

Back in March, more than 18,000 Wisconsin residents signed a petition calling a statewide Citizens United vote, according to United Wisconsin. During the 2012 elections, voters in Colorado and Montana also overwhelmingly favored resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling.

Citizens United was also at the forefront of last June's Wisconsin recall election against Gov. Scott Walker (R), with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka warning that the case presented "serious repercussions for our Democracy."

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