WAmend is a coalition of grassroots organizations who believe that unlimited and anonymous money have 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 unequal 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.
Here is the full text of the initiative we will submit to the Washington State Secretary of State in January. When she approves it, finalizes the title and summary, and gives us the green light, we can begin collecting the required 250,000 valid signatures to get it on the November 2014 statewide ballot. We will have less than six months to accomplish this feat, using all volunteers.
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.