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 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.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Citizens United v FEC is the one decision she'd like to change before she retires.
“It won’t happen,” the Supreme Court justice told the New York Times in an article published July 10. “It would be an impossible dream. But I’d love to see Citizens United overruled.”
It's extremely unlikely Justice Bader-Ginsburg will get to overturn the 2010 case that removed the cap on outside spending on elections because the Supreme Court can only rule on cases brought before them, and because the other justices may not agree.
But 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 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, 88% 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!