WAmend is a coalition of grassroots organizations who believe that unlimited and anonymous money has corrupted our political system. The mission of WAmend is to put the State of Washington on record as calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The amendment will empower the people to pass laws which will limit and control money in politics. We believe this amendment is needed to enshrine the intent of the people to make political candidates and representatives responsive to the needs and desires of the people alone.
The amendment would clarify that:
- The rights of people protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of human beings only.
- All citizens should have equal voice in the political process, and no person or artificial legal entity should gain undue influence over government as a result of financial resources. To meet this goal, federal, state, and local governments shall be fully empowered to regulate all political contributions and expenditures.
- All political contributions and expenditures shall be publicly disclosed in a full and timely manner.
On January 29 we got an initiative number – I-1329 – and the green light to begin collecting the required 250,000 valid signatures to get it on the November 2014 statewide ballot. We will have five months to accomplish this feat, using all volunteers. Here is the full text of the initiative as well as the 75 Word Summary and the 30 Word Concise Description that are on the official petition.
For a quick overview of the problem of money in politics, watch a delightful, fast-moving, partly-animated, 8-minute video that explores the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy. Stars Annie Leonard. Courtesy of Story of Stuff Project.