Below is the text of a resolution signed by 60 Washington State legislators, plus 8 candidates. The letter calls on the US Congress to end corporate personhood and to overturn Citizens United. As reported by Dorothy Van Soest (Chair, State Legislative Resolution Planning Committee, SLRPC), “The total of 68 signatures you’ve gathered represents 27 of the 49 legislative districts in the state. The signed letters will be delivered to D.C. the beginning of December.”

At the end of this article is the list of signers of the resolution, as well as a list of legislators who have not yet signed. Please thank the legislators who have signed and please contact the ones who haven’t signed and ask them to sign.

This initiative is largely the work of Washington Public Campaigns, whose director, Craig Salins, recently passed away unexpectedly. In his honor, I suggested calling the resolution “The Salins Resolution”.

TO THE HONORABLE BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO MEMBERS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED:

As members of the Washington State Legislature, we seek to nurture and expand democracy in our state and in our nation. Free and fair elections are essential to American democracy and effective self-governance. The granting of constitutional protections to non-natural corporate ÎéÎípersonsÎéÎí threatens the rights of living, breathing persons to have their voices heard. Corporations should not have a constitutionally protected right to donate unregulated amounts of money to campaigns.

Corporations are legal entities separate and apart from human beings. They can and should be given specific legal rights by Federal, State, and local law, but not the rights of natural, living, breathing persons which are enumerated in the Constitution.

In light of these facts, we, the undersigned members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Washington, respectfully urge Congress to prepare and send to the states for adoption, a Constitutional amendment that in effect reverses the 2010 Supreme CourtÎéÎ÷s Citizens United decision by clarifying that:

1. Only human beings, not corporations, are persons under the United States Constitution.

2. Money is not speech and the donation of money to a political campaign is not a form of constitutionally protected speech. Therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.

Yours Respectfully,

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Signature

Legislative District _______, State of Washington

Date Signed ______________________________________

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Print name

Washington State Legislative Resolution Calling on U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to
overturn Citizens United & end corporate personhood

 

UPDATE BY LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS: November 1, 2012

Legis. District

Signed Letter to U.S. Congress

Rep Letter Not Yet Signed

Candidate Statement

Signed

SLRPC Coordinator

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Rep. Zack HudginsRep. Bob Hasegawa Sen. Margarita Prentice Martha Koester

33

Sen. Karen KeiserRep. Dave UpthegroveRep. Tina Orwall Carol Ann MaiersBob Loeliger

34

Sen. Sharon NelsonRep. Eileen CodyRep. Joe Fitzgibbon Jay Heyman

36

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-WellesRep. Mary Lou DickersonRep. Reuven Carlyle Gael Tarleton Jean Darsie

37

Sen. Adam KlineRep. Eric PettigrewRep. Sharon Tomiko Santos Don Mitchell

43

Sen. Ed Murray Rep. Frank Chopp Rep. Jamie Pedersen Jean Carlson

46

Sen. David FrocktRep. Gerry PolletPhyllis Gutierrez-Kenney Jessyn FarrellSarajane SiegfriedtSylvester Cann Evelyn McChesney
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LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS

OUTSIDE SEATTLE

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1

Rep. Luis MoscosoRep. Derek Stanford S.RosemaryMcAuliffe Eiya WolfeLinda Newton

3

Rep. Andy BilligRep. Timm Ormsby Sen. Lisa Brown

10

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen Rep. Norma SmithRep. Barbara Bailey Marshall Goldberg

17

Rep. Tim Probst Sen. Don BentonRep. Paul Harris

21

Sen. Paul ShinRep. Mary Helen Roberts Rep. Marko Liias Cliff WellsRob Kashey

22

Sen. Karen FraserRep. Sam HuntRep. Chris Reykdal  Monica Hoover

23

Sen. Christine RolfesRep. Sherry AppletonRep. Drew Hansen

24

Sen. James HargroveRep. Steve Tharinger Rep. Kevin Van De Wege Steve Hamm

25

Sen. Jim Kastama Rep. Bruce DammeierRep. Hans Zeiger Bill Hilton (Rep) Betty Ogden

27

Rep. Laurie JinkinsRep. Jeannie Darneille Sen. Debbie Regala

28

Tami Green Sen. Mike CarrellRep. Troy Kelley Yoshie Wong (Sen)Eric Choiniere (Rep) Dan Grey

30

Rep. Mark Miloscia Sen. Tracey EideRep. Katrina Asay

32

Sen. Maralyn ChaseRep. Cindy RyuRep. Ruth Kagi Dan Jacoby

38

Sen. Nick HarperRep. Mike SellsRep. John McCoy  Ken Dammand

40

Sen. Kevin Ranker

Rep. Jeff Morris

Rep. Kristine Lytton

Howard Pellett Rebecca Hellman

41

Rep. Marcie MaxwellRep. Judy Clibborn Sen. Steve Litzow John King

44

Sen. Steve HobbsRep. Hans Dunshee Rep. Mike Hope Gina ParryVicky Romero

45

Rep. Roger GoodmanRep. Larry Springer Sen. Andy Hill Linda Bock

48

Sen. Rodney Tom Rep. Ross HunterRep. Deborah H. Eddy

49

Sen. Craig PridemoreRep. Jim Moeller Rep. Sharon Wylie