By Baxter Colburn
A resolution supporting the statewide campaign and election finance reform passed in Jacksonport last week. Jacksonport became the 10th of Door County’s 19 local municipalities this year to pass a resolution supporting the reform. The resolution asks county boards to support a statewide referendum which would allow residents to vote ‘yes or no’ in order to have Wisconsin become the 20th state to call for an amendment to combat unlimited outside money in elections. Door County United to Amend organizer Dan Powers says the vote by Jacksonport is another monumental step for the resolution.
The amendment is needed to clarify that ‘only human beings –not entities like corporations, unions, or super PACs- should have individual constitutional rights and that money is not ‘speech.’ The goal of the resolution is to overturn the 2010 supreme court ruling referred to as ‘citizens united’. That ruling made these entities ‘people’, and said money is speech. According to Powers, no further votes are scheduled at this time to continue moving the resolution process forward.