Burien becomes 17th municipality in Washington State to call for Citizens United to be overturned!
In the resolution adopted May 2, 2016, Burien City Council proclaimed that:
- Only human beings, not corporations, are persons under the United States Constitution for the purposes of the regulation of elections.
- Money is not speech, and the donation of money to a political campaign is not a form of constitutionally protected speech; therefore, regulation political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.
- The U.S. Congress and Washington State Legislature are urged to take action to correct the current unbridled ability of corporations to spend money during local and national elections.
That's what I-735's all about!
Initiative 735 is a grassroots movement to make Washington State the 17th state in the country to ask Congress to overturn Citizens United.
in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v FEC that corporations and unions could 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.
We at I-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 I-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, 93% of our signatures were gathered by I-735 volunteers.
Congress won't overturn Citizens United 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!