Which Candidates Have Pledged to Amend?

October 27, 2016
Joe Steck

Citizens throughout Minnesota have organized to get Minnesota Senate and House candidates on record as to whether they support amending the Constitution to end corporate personhood and get big money out of politics. The results are in and can be found here: https://movetoamend.org/2016-pledge-amend-candidate-responses.

This Minnesota statewide Pledge to Amend campaign was developed by national Move to Amend in response to growing public outcry over the corrupting influence of big money in politics and corporate power over democracy. The Pledge to Amend campaign commits political candidates to acknowledging the detrimental effects corporate personhood has had on the democratic process and commits them to using their office to support a Constitutional amendment to abolish corporate constitutional rights and money as free speech.

“The increasing reach of corporate power and the corruption of our political process is a critical issue for voters this election. Candidates need to be prepared to answer the question of what they will do to show that they serve the public, not corporate interests,” stated Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Executive Director of Move to Amend. “Before casting their ballot, voters should take a look at the Pledge to Amend results and decide for themselves where to place their support.”

Move to Amend is calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.  

American citizens can only reclaim our power through a constitutional amendment that the Supreme Court cannot overturn. Eighty-five percent of Democrats; 76% of Republicans and 81% of Independents oppose the Citizens United v. FEC decision that allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns. Over 10,000 individual Minnesotans have signed the Move to Amend petition; and 26 endorsing organizations, representing over 385,000 members support Minnesota Move to Amend.  In March of this year, caucus goers in 21 Minnesota House Districts across the state passed resolutions that included language for a Constitutional amendment stating, (1) only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights and (2) money is not speech.

Nationally, Move to Amend has over 400,000 people who have signed their petition.  Seventeen states and/or state legislators and over 600 municipalities have called upon Congress for a Constitutional amendment.  Washington and California have voter referenda on this issue on November 8.  Whenever the issue has been put before the voters, it has never failed.     

Knowledge is powerful.  Voters need to know where their candidates stand on this critical issue before they go to the polls.  Preserving democracy demands it.  

For more information on Move to Amend, visit movetoamend.org or contact state organizers at minnesota [at] movetoamend.org

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