Dear Editor: Big money in politics is a threat to our democracy. 115 communities in Wisconsin have passed referendums or resolutions supporting amending the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Legislation has now been introduced to let Wisconsin citizens express their opinion on a constitutional amendment in a statewide advisory referendum.
In response to a request for a public hearing, Scott Allen, R-Waukesha, chair of the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics, has refused to hold public hearings, calling this referendum “politics at its worst.” Politics at its worst is politicians who bow to their contributors instead of trying to represent citizens.
Even in the city of Waukesha (part of Allen’s district) a referendum supporting this amendment passed in 2014 by 69 percent. This is not a partisan issue. This is an issue of a politician refusing to allow all the citizens of Wisconsin to express their opinion on one of the most important issues of our day. This legislation deserves public hearings and should be voted on by our state Assembly and Senate. To refuse to do this simply represents the interests of the donor class, not the interests of Wisconsin citizens.
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