Dear Editor: On April 3, nine communities in Wisconsin voted by overwhelming margins for a referendum that calls for a constitutional amendment declaring that corporations aren’t persons and money isn’t speech.
Here are the results, with the percentages in favor of the amendment:
Green County: 78 percent
St. Croix County: 77 percent
La Crosse: 88 percent
Marshfield: 81 percent
McFarland: 79 percent
Rice Lake: 81 percent
Sand Creek: 77 percent
Sun Prairie: 83 percent
Wittenberg: 83 percent
Now there are 129 communities in Wisconsin that have passed these referendums, and those communities account for about 3 million people – 52 percent of the state’s population.
Wisconsin is second only to Massachusetts in the number of communities that have signed on for amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United and to give every citizen an equal voice in our democracy.
Thanks go to Wisconsin United to Amend for the amazing organizing it has done, and to its tireless volunteers across the state, in community after community, who have engaged their fellow citizens in this effort.
This is one of the most promising grassroots efforts under way in Wisconsin: It’s a real pro-democracy movement.
Matt Rothschild, executive director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
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