by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director
Posted: July 24, 2017
Updated: July 25, 2017
When you think of Door County, the first things to come to mind might be summer vacations, fish boils, and cherry pie.
But you should add pro-democracy political activism to that list.
Because in the last five months, seven Door County communities have shown their support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would get money out of politics and give citizens their voices back in our elections.
The city of Sturgeon Bay, the towns of Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Forestville and Liberty Grove along with the villages of Egg Harbor and Ephraim, all have unanimously approved resolutions “Supporting a Constitutional Amendment to Allow Limits on Campaign Contributions and Conducting a Non-Binding Statewide Referendum.”
They are part of a tremendous grassroots movement in Wisconsin where 112 communities have voted, by overwhelming margins and with broad bipartisan support, that they want to curb the role of big and dark money in our politics.
The non-binding referendum asks voters whether or not they want Wisconsin to join the 19 other states that have called for a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizen United decision and other disastrous rulings that have given wealthy special interests the power to drown out the voices of everyday citizens.
Currently, there is legislation to bring this issue to a statewide referendum in Wisconsin in November 2018. In the Assembly the bill is Assembly Joint Resolution 53, and in the Senate it’s Senate Joint Resolution 54.
The bill states: 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 equal say in our democracy, shall Wisconsin’s congressional delegations support, and the Wisconsin legislature ratify, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution stating:
- Only human beings, not corporations, unions, nonprofit organizations, or similar associations –are endowed with constitutional rights, and
- Money is not speech, and therefore, limiting political contributions and spending is not equivalent to restricting political speech.
Please contact your legislators and urge them to endorse this bill by calling 1-800-362-9472.
If you’d like to see whether your community has already come on board, click here: http://wiuta.org/resources/wisconsin-ready-to-amend .
You can also sign our petition supporting this 28th Amendment.