Two years ago, the US Supreme Court held that corporations have a first amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections and lobby our elected officials.
Since then, we’ve all heard plenty of calls for reform. Governor Snyder even included such a call in his 2012 State of the State Address.
But we’ve seen no real change.
I believe – as voters and as consumers – that we should have a right to know when a company is spending money to influence our elections or our politicians.
And I am tired of waiting for the government to reform itself.
Do you agree?
Then join me in supporting a ballot initiative campaign to amend Michigan’s Constitution to shine a light on corporate money in Michigan politics.
The Michigan Corporate Accountability Amendment protects our right to know when corporations spend money to influence elections or lobby politicians.
Specifically, this amendment accomplishes three things:
1. Disclosure: Holds large corporations accountable by requiring instant disclosure of corporate-funded political communications and lobbying in Michigan.
2. Accountability: Ensures that large corporations ‘stand by their ad,’ by requiring them to identify themselves in political and lobbying communications they fund.
3. End Pay to Play: Politicians will know we’re watching who’s lobbying them and supporting their elections; they will think twice before enacting laws that hurt middle class families.
But in order for this citizen led ballot initiative to successfully change our law, I need your help.
Sign up here to help us collect signatures to get this amendment on our ballot this November 2012.
Pay-to-play politics is out of control when wealthy corporate interests can elect their preferred candidates and get special favors and tax breaks. This year alone, we’ve seen corporations receive a $2 billion tax cut while politicians slashed education and increased taxes on middle class families.
I believe that if we work together to amend our constitution, we can see real change that will put people first in Lansing.
And I believe that it is up to us to work together and return to a government of, by, and for the people, not government of, bought, and paid for by special interests. Your support of this amendment helps us create that change for ourselves. Let’s make that change together.
Are you with me?