Voters in Whitefish Bay and Shorewood on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a referendum calling for the reversal of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 "Citizens United" ruling.
The referendums, which put Whitefish Bay and Shorewood on the record against the Supreme Court's decision, passed with a 76 percent vote in Shorewood and a 65 percent vote in Whitefish Bay.
Shorewood and Whitefish Bay were among 13 Wisconsin municipalities which passed similar referendums critical of the decision, according to a news release from United Wisconsin, an advocacy group which helped facilitate the referendums statewide. The passages bring the total to 41 Wisconsin communities on record in favor of a reversal of the Citizens United ruling.
"Wisconsin voters are standing up to the corrupting influence the flood of special interest money has had on our elections and in our state and national capitols where laws are made," United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck said in the release. "Tuesday's victories send a clear message to our elected officials in Madison and in Washington that we demand action to overturn Citizens United and restore our democracy."
United Wiconsin is now advocating for the Legislature to pass bills which would allow for a statewide referendum on the Citizens United ruling.
According to results Tuesday, which remain unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers in each community,voters approved the statement :
"Shall the Village of Whitefish Bay/Shorewood adopt the following resolution:
"RESOLVED, the Village of Whitefish Bay, 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.
"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we hereby instruct our state and federal representatives to enact resolutions and legislation to advance this effort."
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