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Eighteen Communities Voted to Amend the U.S. Constitution
Madison, WI (November 9, 2016) –On Tuesday, November8th, Wisconsin residents in eighteen communities voted to amend the U.S.Constitution to clarify that only human beings should have inalienable human rights and money is not the same thing as free speech
All referenda passed with overwhelming majorities: Rock County (86%), Reedsburg (86%), Manitowoc (81%), Delafield (79%), Neshkoro (88%), New Glarus (88%), Spring Valley (91%), Osceola (86%), Mt. Horeb (84%), Monticello (86%), Clayton (86%) and the towns of New Glarus (83%), Harris (65%), Springdale (86%), Decatur (89%), Mount Pleasant (84%), Cadiz (87%) and Lake Tomahawk (91%).
This brings the total number of Wisconsin communities that have called for an amendment to 96. In total, 2.8million people (48% of Wisconsinites)live in these jurisdictions. Across the country, 18state legislatures have voted for an amendment, as well as over 700 towns, villages, cities and counties.
Jeanette Kelty, a leader in Green County,said: “We are extremely pleased that these referenda passed by such high margins. This clearly demonstrates the will of the people.It is time for our state representatives to put this resolution to a statewide vote, and to move towards sending a resolution from Wisconsin to the U.S. Congress.”
Four in five American soppose the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision, according to a Bloomberg poll.A New York Times/CBS poll from June found that 85 percent of Americans—including majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents—believe we need fundamental changes to our campaign finance system or to completely rebuild it.
Delafield resident Gerry Flakas explained the problem this way: “Big money has absolutely corrupted our system of government of, by, and for the people. The only solution is to amend the Constitution to clarify that money is not speech and a corporation is not a person.”
Matt Rothschild, executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, summed it up succinctly: “People across the ideological spectrum get it: All of our voices are being drowned out by those with big money.”