Oregon Legislature Beat WA to it! Constitutional Amendment Initiative is Next Step
An initiative to the people declaring that corporations are not people and money is not speech is the next step to putting Washington State on the constitutional amendment map after failing to get a vote in the state senate for a joint memorial to Congress. WAMEND, the statewide coalition supporting a constitutional amendment, is in the process of developing a campaign. Washington Public Campaigns is a WAMEND member and is recruiting signature gatherers, training speakers and encouraging endorsements over the next months. Gathering signatures after the initiative is filed in January will require an intensive volunteer effort.
Oregon’s legislature passed a resolution calling upon Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to limit corporate rights and to declare that money is not speech. Oregon is the sixteenth state joining Illinois, Deleware, West Virginia, Maine, Colorado, Montana, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont, New Mexico and Hawaii. Why isn’t Washington in this list?
Fair Elections for Seattle
Washington Public Campaigns (WPC), has followed the development of the Seattle City Council’s public financing of elections proposal closely. WPC is supporting Fair Elections Seattle, the campaign committee for the referendum that will appear on the 2013 general election ballot.WPC encourages supporters to go to Fair Elections Seattle website to make a contribution. The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) developed the proposal which is currently under consideration by the Seattle City Council. Read SEEC’s report HERE.
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