When the Supreme Court decided Citizens United much of the existing campaign finance law was overturned. Apparently, they intended transparent spending but they inadvertently caused more deceitful spending with opportunities to hide financing sources. Direct donations are disclosed but lawful anonymous donations also support political campaigns.
When the Supreme Court decided corporations have the same right to free speech as citizens and money is protected speech they were wrong, ridiculous and fantastic. Active, manipulating minds tortured the idea. It did not come from the words of the Constitution, the intent of founders, or even a change in public expectations.
A substantial majority believes money is corrupting our politics and someone should do something about it. Wyoming Promise decided to “be someone” and “do something about it.” We circulated a ballot initiative petition to amend the Constitution to make clear that corporations are not people and that money is not speech.
Even with Johnson County leading Wyoming in gaining the required signatures, Wyoming still fell short. We decided not to give up. We will go to the representatives because they have a direct course for constitutional amendment and only a constitutional amendment can fully restore the idea of government by the people.
Campaign finance reform has a 70% plus majority approval of voters in every state, yet reform is unlikely to be considered in Congress without a constitutional amendment to say that corporations are not people and money is not speech.
We call on Sens. Enzi and Barrasso and Rep. Cheney to address this issue. We want you to champion this cause, sponsor and fight for a bill that calls for a constitutional amendment to say that corporations are not persons and money is not speech. We want you to represent we the people of America, not special interests nor nefarious donors from wherever in the world.
Mel Logan, volunteer Wyoming Promise