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Support grows with 41 Wisconsin communities now on record demanding state and federal action to get big money out of elections
MADISON – Referendums calling for the reversal of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC passed by wide margins in 13 Wisconsin communities Tuesday. This brings the total to 41 communities statewide going on record to call for a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision, which allows unlimited corporate spending on elections. United Wisconsin and partners conducted petition drives throughout 2013 to bring these referendums to the spring election ballot.
“Citizens United opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending in our elections. Now, Wisconsin voters are standing up to the corrupting influence the flood of special interest money has had on our elections and in our state and national capitols where laws are made,” said United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck. “Tuesday’s victories send a clear message to our elected officials in Madison and in Washington that we demand action to overturn Citizens United and restore our democracy.”
Communities that voted in favor of the referendum on Tuesday included in the Cities of Waukesha, Wauwatosa, Elkhorn, Delavan, Lake Mills and Edgerton, the Villages of Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Waunakee, Belleville and DeForest, and the Towns of Windsor and Waterloo.
To date, 16 states and over 500 municipalities nationwide have voted urging congressional action to address the corruption influence of money in politics, starting with a constitutional amendment reversing Citizens United.
Two bills introduced in the State Legislature, Assembly Joint Resolution 50 (AJR 50) and Senate Joint Resolution 68 (SJR 68), would allow all Wisconsin voters to make their voices head on reversing Citizens United through a statewide advisory referendum. Both bills have stalled, as Republican leadership in both houses have refused to bring the resolutions to a vote.
“Citizens United has allowed big money to drown out the voices of ordinary people and created an environment where, too often, our elected officials are sold to the highest bidder,” said Subeck. “To fully restore public trust in our democracy, we must return control of our elections to the people through common sense campaign finance reform, starting with the reversal of Citizens United.”
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CITIZENS UNITED REFERENDUM RESULTS FROM TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014:
1. City of Waukesha: 69% vote yes
2. City of Wauwatosa: 64% vote yes
3. City of Delavan: 76% vote yes
4. City of Elkhorn: 69% vote yes
5. City of Edgerton: 87% vote yes
6. City of Lake Mills: 73% vote yes
7. Village of Shorewood: 76% vote yes
8. Village of Whitefish Bay: 65% vote yes
9. Village of Belleville: 85% vote yes
10. Village of Waunakee: 79% vote yes
11. Village of DeForest: 70% vote yes
12. Town of Windsor: 70% vote yes
13. Town of Waterloo: 61% vote yes
United Wisconsin is an independent, grassroots organization of citizens restoring the Wisconsin tradition of democracy in action. For more information, visit our website at www.unitedwisconsin.com.