signing hand14-10inOn January 29, the Washington Secretary of State gave us the green light to begin collecting the  250,000 valid signatures required to get Initiative 1329 on the November 2014 statewide ballot.  We have until June 25 to accomplish this feat, using all volunteers. 

Here are 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.

WAmend is a coalition of grassroots organizations who believe that unlimited and anonymous money has corrupted our political system. Our mission 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 declare 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.

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.