In November citizens of Rock County will have the opportunity to tell our leaders in Madison that we want the influence of money out of politics. Beloit citizens had this opportunity in April 5, 2016 and 74% of them voted yes.
We are calling for an amendment to the United States Constitution that will say that corporations, unions, and nonprofits are not people and money is not speech. This is to permanently undo the damage done by Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions.
Other Rock County towns that have voted yes for this amendment include Edgerton, Janesville and Evansville. Their support was overwhelming.
Citizens United allows wealthy individuals and special interests to drown out our voices with their dollars. The British newspaper, The Guardian reported “The rightwing group American Legislative Exchange Council is preparing to launch a new nationwide network that will seek to replicate its current influence within state legislatures in city councils and municipalities. ALEC brings elected officials together with representatives of major corporations, giving those companies a direct channel into legislation in the form of ALEC “model bills”.
Billionaires have bragged publicly about putting money into Wisconsin’s elections. Big money pulls the strings and our legislators usually dance like marionettes.
We cannot allow our elected officials to continue to be bought. They have successfully limited transparency as to who is putting up the money and limited the right of towns and local governments to regulate their environment.
78 Wisconsin communities have put this same referendum on the ballot and each community overwhelmingly passed it. Although you may have already voted yes on a city ballot, please vote yes for the county this November 8th. It will have a greater impact on our legislators.