Wisconsin activists seek support in the belief that corporations don’t deserve the same constitutional rights as citizens. Isthmus reports:
Kaja Rebane wants Dane County residents to send a message that corporations aren’t people and money isn’t speech.
The UW-Madison grad student helped organize a successful effort to put referenda on the April 5 ballot in both the city of Madison and Dane County. It ask voters whether they believe corporations and people, and money and speech, should be considered distinct.
The local movement, spearheaded by South Central Wisconsin Move to Amend, is part of a national one that aims to amend the U.S. Constitution, to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 21, 2010, decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. That controversial ruling, passed 5-4, found that the government could not restrict corporate spending on independent political advertisements, saying this violated the First Amendment.
While organizing on this issue is being done nationwide, Dane County is one of the first to hold a referendum on it. “People are watching what’s going on here,” Rebane says. “Across the country, we’re being leaders here.”
[Continues at Isthmus]