Amend 2012 Ballot Measure Victories

More than seven million voters had a chance to weigh in directly with their views regarding Citizens United in Common Cause-backed ballot measures on Election Day. What they had to say was clear: corporations are not people, money is not free speech.

 

Montana’s Initiative 166, Stand with Montanans, establishes an official Montana policy that corporations are not people with constitutional rights and charges Montana’s elected officials with supporting a constitutional amendment to create a level playing field in campaign spending.

» I-166 passed with 75 percent of the vote.  Mitt Romney carried Montana with only 55%. 

I-166 was a partnership between Common Cause and Free Speech for People with support from Governor Brian Schwiezter (D), Lt Governor John Bohlinger (R), former Secretary of State Verner Bertleson (R), CREDO Action, MontPIRG, Avaaz, Montana Conservation Voters, the League of Rural Voters, American Independent Business Alliance, Missoula Move to Amend, unPAC, Public Citizen, MEA-MFT, AFL-CIO, Montana Votes, and the Montana Organizing Project.

 

Colorado Amendment 65 instructs Colorado’s congressional delegation to propose and support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allows congress and the states to limit campaign contributions and spending that allow all citizens, regardless of wealth, to express their views to one another on a level playing field.

»Amendment 65 passed with 74% of the vote. Results are at the Secretary of State and The Denver Post 

Amendment 65 was supported by Common Cause, Colorado Fair Share, CleanSlateNow.org, CoPIRG, Communication Workers of America, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, CREDO Action, MoveOn.org, New Era Colorado, and many others.

 

Massachusetts Democracy Amendment

Voters in more than half of Massachusetts towns and cities had the opportunity to support local measures(PDF) that instruct their state senator or legislator to support a constitutional amendment affirming that 1) corporations are not entitled to the constitutional rights of human beings and 2) both Congress and the states may place limits on political contributions and political spending.

»Every measure passed with a combined margin of 79% yes.  The Boston Globe has town by town details.

The practice of voter instructions dates back to colonial Boston, and Massachusetts is one of the few states that have formal voter instruction initiatives as part of their constitution. The measures were backed by a coalition including Common Cause Massachusetts, Move to Amend, Occupy chapters, Mass VOTE, Free Speech for People, Public Citizen, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and many others.

 

San Francisco Prop G and Richmond, Calif., Measure P

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos took the lead in getting a local measure on the ballot in San Francisco and former California Common Cause board member Jim Rogers−current vice mayor of Richmond, California−led efforts to place Measure P on the ballot, making Richmond’s the first city council to place a voter instructions measure in front of voters on this topic.

»San Francisco voters passed Prop G with 81 percent of the vote.  

»Richmond voters spoke up with 72 percent of voters supporting the Amend 2012 ballot amendment

 

Chicago Question 3

Voters in Chicago supported the Take Back Our Vote measure that asked, “Shall the U.S. Congress pass a bill, to be duly ratified by three-fourths of the states, adopting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, empowering the federal government and the states to regulate and limit political contributions from corporations?”

»Chicago voters chose to take back their vote with 74 percent supporting the measure!

The measure was placed on the ballot by the city council with support from Common Cause, MoveOn.org, Public Citizen, Chicago Move to Amend, Citizen Action, and other groups.

 

Local Oregon Measures
Common Cause, Move to Amend, and others are supporting local ballot measures in Ashland (measure 15-116), Eugene (measure 20-198), and Lincoln County (measure 21-146).

»Ashland passed the measure by 80 percent.  Eugene passed with 73 percent of voters supporting the ballot measure. With 99 percent of ballots counted, Lincoln County’s measure earned 77 percent support.

 

 

This post was updated at 6:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 7

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