About WAmend

 

 WAMEND’s Long-Term Objectives

The WAMEND Coalition is working for passage and ratification of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that restores democracy to we the people by getting money out of politics and restoring constitutional rights for human beings, not corporations.

We have three long-term objectives:

  1. To ensure that every Congressional representative from Washington state supports a constitutional amendment,
  2. To ensure that the Washington State legislature ultimately ratifies the amendment passed by the U.S. Congress, and,
  3. To create a grass roots organization that is a national model for state level bottom-up organizing.

WAMEND’s Two-year Objective (2014-2016): Public Ballot Initiative

As part of building the grassroots support to achieve our long-term objectives, WAMEND will begin collecting signatures early April 2015 through to the end of December.  Then we will get the voters of Washington State to approve a public initiative in November 2016 general election that calls for the passage of a US Constitutional amendment clarifying that:

  1. corporations are not persons entitled to the human rights listed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights;
  2. the spending of money to influence elections is not speech under the First Amendment; and,
  3. federal, state and local governments shall regulate, limit, or prohibit political contributions and expenditures and require their public disclosure

 Signature Requirements:

Number of valid signatures required: 247,000

Target number of signatures to gather: 330,000

We Need All the Help We Can Muster!

To be successful in getting the public initiative on the state ballot in the fall of 2016 and to pass by the majority of Washington state voters we are getting a commitment from thousands of signature gatherers and raising funds to promote the initiative. Signature gathering will occur from this April and through December. We can do it, but we need your help. The more volunteers we can sign up the easier it will be.

Want more information about our coalition? info@wamend.org 
Questions about getting involved? getinvolved@wamend.org
Comments or problems with our website? comm@wamend.org

 


ABOUT 735 PLEDGE TO VOTE

Joe Podorsek "I’m involved in Initiative 735 because the cost of elections means people are elected who do not represent my needs or the needs of the common good."
- Joe Podorsek, 84, retired Navy, Issaquah

Kaylee Mathews "I believe that everyone should have a voice, regardless of how much money they have, so I support Initiative 735."
- Kaylee Mathews, 22, massage therapist, Tacoma

Gary McCaig "I work on Initiative 735 because I love my great-grandchildren. Any change now, even a small change, will give them big benefits later."
- Gary McCaig, 67, retired, Lynnwood

Parker Muller "I volunteer for Initiative 735 because free and fair elections should be based off ideas and policies, not who has the bigger wallet."
- Parker Muller, 26, student, Richland

Maggie Sullivan "I support Initiative 735 because I want a political system where corporations can't buy politicians to do their bidding."
- Maggie Sullivan, 60, carpenter, Alger

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