MOP: Money Out of Politics - Barron County

Since the Citizens United v. FEC decision in 2010, the floodgates have opened to unlimited, secret spending on political ads. We're all sick of the ads, but it's much bigger than that -- this is undermining our democracy.

Think of it this way:  If one person or business can anonymously fund a million-dollar ad campaign for (or against) a politician under the guise of "free speech," where does that leave your voice?

Imagine if you and a bunch of your neighbors made calls and wrote letters to your representative to oppose a bill that would harm your community somehow... but as it happens, that particular bill was actually written by the secret million-dollar donor. How do you think that would work out? Does that even resemble a democracy anymore?

Let's do something about this...

We are working with concerned citizens from across Barron County to put the following Advisory Referendum (language from Senate Joint Resolution 54) on the ballot in 2018:
“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?"

Obviously, we are a political party and this is an issue that's important to our members. But democracy and honest government are values shared by Americans of all political stripes, so we welcome support from anyone and everyone who agrees that Corporations are NOT people and Money is NOT speech. It is our hope that this referendum project will be non-partisan and maybe even start a few conversations between neighbors who don't see eye-to-eye on much of anything else.

If you'd like to help out, please drop us a line here.

Learn More:

Move to Amend (national)
WI United to Amend