Legislation Calls for Statewide Vote on Citizens United

Posted: July 24, 2013
Updated: October 1, 2013

Legislation introduced today in the form of an Assembly Joint Resolution would put a referendum question on the November 2014 ballot statewide giving Wisconsin voters an opportunity to have their voices heard on whether the controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC should be overturned.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is part of a coalition of groups that have been petitioning for a statewide vote. WDC strongly supports the proposed legislation.

“Spending in Wisconsin elections has more than tripled since the Citizens United decision,” WDC director Mike McCabe said. “The ruling not only has put the campaign arms race on steroids, but also has rendered our disclosure laws obsolete and led to dramatic growth in the amount of dark money making its way into our elections. Only $1 out of every $81 raised by outside interest groups to influence the recall elections came from fully identified donors.”

Twenty-four Wisconsin cities and counties have already gone on record calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United. If the resolution placing the question on the ballot statewide is approved and voters support the referendum, Wisconsin would join 16 other states that have already called for a constitutional amendment overturning the 2010 ruling.