Initiative 735 is a grassroots movement to make Washington the 18th state to ask Congress to overturn Citizens United.
in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v FEC that corporations, unions and special interests can spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates. It has led to obscene amounts of money being poured into elections. It's part of the reason why the amount spent on elections by campaigns and outside groups grew 555% from 1984 to 2014!
People who can't afford exorbitant donations are being pushed out.
This is a states' rights issue.
Chief Justice John Roberts said that any law passed in any state that seeks to "level the playing field" is "clear evidence that it is unconstitutional" under the current system. Fourteen states have had campaign finance laws limiting the influence of corporations and unions thrown our because of Citizens United. States and localities are powerless to enact their own campaign finance laws.
Even if the Supreme Court did overturn Citizens United, it wouldn't solve the underlying issue.That's why we need a constitutional amendment. We need it to be enshrined in the Constitution that we have the right to regulate our own elections and know who is donating to which candidate.
Unlike many controversial Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United has bipartisan opposition.
A Bloomberg poll has shown that 80% of Republicans and 83% of Democrats support overturning the ruling. And banded together, the people can make a change.
That's where Initiative 735 comes in.
We at 735 say we need to Get Big Money Out of Elections.
Our initiative says the money going into elections needs to be regulated, and public - no more secret donations by big donors!
We say Citizens United should be overturned!
We say a corporation is not a person under the law - only a person should have the rights of a person!
We are on the ballot this November.
Supporters of 735 collected 330,000 signatures from registered voters to get it on the ballot. Unlike many other initiatives which rely on paid signature-gathering organizations, 88% of our signatures were gathered by more than 1,700 volunteers.
Congress won't overturn Citizens United and enact meaningful change on its own. Politicians have too much to gain from keeping the system corrupt. But when there's a mandate from the voters, we can hold them accountable.
Help us send Congress a message that Citizens United must go!