To: Northwest Council Members
From: NW Legislative and Public Affairs Committee
Subject: PRE-SUBMITTED NEW BUSINESS: Oppose “Corporations are People” Rights
The MLKCLC (Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council) asked delegates to endorse a petition calling for the Washington State Legislature and the United States Congress to amend the Constitution to clearly state that: Corporations are not human beings endowed with Constitutional rights; Contributions and expenditures for political purposes are not Constitutionally protected speech; The States shall have the power to regulate contributions and expenditures for campaigns and ballot measures and require public disclosure of the sources of same; and ask for enactment of an ordinance by which the Seattle City Council shall call upon the Washington Legislature and the U.S. Congress to amend the Constitution through a ballot measure in the November 2012 general election.
There will be a motion coming from the SPEEA L&PA committee to the SPEEA council in June to respond to support similar efforts on a national level. This is one of many strategies to address the lack of transparency in political campaign spending, private financial influence and distortion of the political process and shaping of public policy.
http://freespeechforpeople.org/ See pdf downloads, articles, etc.
NW L&PA Committee Recommendation
The NW Legislative and Public Affairs Committee recommends passage of this motion.
It is moved that: THE NORTHWEST COUNCIL supports efforts to limit the power of corporations from having the same Free Speech rights as people.
· This will help restore some campaign spending transparency and address political disparity created by Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court.
· Corporations and vested interest groups will not support the loss of concealed buying power, influence over elected officials, the ballot and other advantages they now have under the 2010 Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
· It can be viewed as anti-business