Delafield was among 18 Wisconsin communities that voted Tuesday, Nov. 8 in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only human beings should have inalienable human rights and money is not free speech.
According to a news release from Wisconsin United to Amend (WIUTA), a politically nonpartisan grassroots organization, all referenda passed with majorities, with Delafield at 79 percent.
A citizens group led by Gerald K. Flakas and Barbara Begale collected 667 valid signatures, enough to meet state requirements to placing a direct-legislation proposition on the ballot.The resolution is part of a national movement to amend the U.S. Constitution so state and federal legislatures can adopt laws regulating campaign contributions. Legislatures in three-fourths of the states must approve any constitutional amendments.
"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," Delafield resident Gerry Flakas said.
A total of 96 Wisconsin communities have called for an amendment. In total, 2.8 million people (48 percent of Wisconsinites) live in those jurisdictions. Across the country, 18 state legislatures have voted for an amendment, as well as over 700 towns, villages, cities and counties, according to WIUTA.
Four in five Americans oppose the Supreme Court’s Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission decision, according to a Bloomberg poll (as stated in the WIUTA news release).
According to the WIUTA's mission statement, "the Supreme Court has given constitutional rights meant only for individuals to artificial entities such as corporations, unions, nonprofits and super PACs, and has ruled that money spent to influence the political process cannot be limited. As a result, our government today serves powerful special interests, foreign and domestic, instead of the American people."
The referendum passed with the following majorities in the other 17 Wisconsin communities: Rock County, 86 percent; Reedsburg, 86 percent; Manitowoc, 81 percent; Neshkoro, 88 percent; New Glarus, 88 percent; Spring Valley, 91 percent; Osceola, 86 percent; Mt. Horeb, 84 percent; Monticello, 86 percent; Clayton, 86 percent; the towns of New Glarus, 83 percent; Harris, 65 percent; Springdale, 86 percent; Decatur, 89 percent; Mount Pleasant, 84 percent; Cadiz, 87 percent; and Lake Tomahawk, 91 percent.
For more information on Wisconsin United To Amend, visit wiuta.org.