SCWMTA was formed in April, 2010, with the purpose of conducting petition drives for the City of Madison and Dane County, calling for the abolishment of corporate personhood. Thanks to the help of countless volunteers who tirelessly collected petition signatures in September and October, 2010, and thanks to the Madison Common Council and Dane County Board, we and our allies succeeded in having referenda placed on both the City of Madison and Dane County ballots for the April 5, 2011 election.
Both referendums subsequently passed by astonishing margins: 84% in Madison and 78% in Dane County. These margins were substantially larger than the margins in the partisan Kloppenburg v. Prosser race, proving the opposition to Citizens United cuts across party lines.
The resolutions read as follows:
City of Madison referendum
RESOLVED, the City of Madison, Wisconsin, calls for reclaiming democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate influence by amending the United States Constitution to establish that:
1. Only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights, and
2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.
Dane County referendum
Should the United States Constitution be amended to establish that regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting freedom of speech, and that only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights?
Among those who supported the Madison and Dane County resolutions:
- Dane County Democratic Party
- Madison Urban Ministry
- Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
- The Capitol Times
- Progressive Dane
- American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin
- Matt Rothschild
- Ben Manski
- Ed Garvey
- Kathleen Falk
- Mayor Dave Cieslewicz
- Paul Soglin
- Joe Parisi
- Sondy Pope-Roberts
- Chris Upper
- Dane County Supervisors:
- Eilen Bruskewitz
- Brett Hulsey
- Kyle Richmond
- Robin Schmidt
- Patrick Miles
- Dianne Hesselbein
- Melissa Sargent
- John Hendrick
- Pat Downing
- Barbara Vedder
- Sharon Corrigan
If you wish to download the informational flyers that were used in the Madison and Dane County petition drives:
- Here is a flyer for those who live in Madison.
- Here is a flyer for those who live in Dane County outside Madison.
Here is the SCWMTA press release prior to the vote in Madison.
SCWMTA is now expanding its efforts to the rest of Wisconsin, reaching out to other communities and organizations in the state. This process of networking, education, training will facilitate the creation and development of other MoveToAmend (MTA) groups throughout Wisconsin.