Citizens United bill stalled in State Senate

Please sign onto the petition to get the WA state legislature to pass a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment 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.

Overturn Citizens United: Get corporate money out of politicsA bill addressing these concerns got enough votes to pass in the House last week and now rests in the hands of the Government Operations Committee in the Senate.  If you live in the 31st, 17th, 18th, or 20th legislative district, you have a critical role to play in the next step because your senator happens to be one of the Republicans on that committee.  The three Democrats on the committee have already come out in support.  Please call your senator today to urge him or her to support HJM 4001!  Here is the contact info:

Pam Roach (chair)     31st LD     360-786-7660
Don Benton                 17th LD     360-786-7632
Ann Rivers                   18th LD     360-786-7634
John Braun                  20th LD     360-786-7638

Call script:

Hello, my name is (your full name), and I’m a constituent. I live in (your city or town).
I urge Senator ___________________ to vote in favor of bill HJM 4001 in the Government Operations Committee.
HJM 4001 calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to enable us to get big money out of our elections.
This bill has passed in the House and deserves a vote in the Senate.
Thank you.
April 3 is the deadline for our bill to make it out of committee, so NOW is the time to turn up the heat.  Please reply to this email if you know anyone (or organization) in your area I could contact about getting more people to call.  This is NOT a Republican/Democrat or Liberal/Conservative issue; this is a moral issue about the character of our country.  Is it about “We the People” or “We the Corporations”?  There should not be any debate on this.

Thanks so much for your support on this critical issue!

(via Jonathan Tong, Occupy Seattle, Get Money Out of Politics working group)

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