2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
February 18, 2014 - Offered by Representatives Genrich and C. Taylor.
AJR81-ASA1,1,3 1Relating to: amending the U.S. Constitution via constitutional convention to
2establish that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights of natural
3persons and that money is not speech.
AJR81-ASA1,1,74 Whereas, government of, by, and for the people has long been a cherished
5American value; and the people's fundamental and inalienable right to self-govern,
6and thereby secure rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness, is
7guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence; and
AJR81-ASA1,1,98 Whereas, free and fair elections are essential to democracy and effective
9self-governance; and
AJR81-ASA1,1,1310 Whereas, corporations are not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, and the
11people have never granted constitutional rights to corporations, nor have the people
12decreed that corporations have authority that exceeds the authority of the people of
13the United States; and
1Whereas, interpretation of the U.S. Constitution by appointed Supreme Court
2justices to include corporations in the term "persons" has long denied the peoples'
3exercise of self-governance by endowing corporations with constitutional
4protections intended for the people; and
AJR81-ASA1,2,65 Whereas, the illegitimate judicial bestowal of political rights upon corporations
6usurps basic human and constitutional rights guaranteed to human persons; and
AJR81-ASA1,2,97 Whereas, corporations are not and have never been human beings and,
8therefore, do not vote in elections and should not be categorized as persons for
9purposes related to elections for public office; and
AJR81-ASA1,2,1610 Whereas, the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election
, that rolled back the legal limits on corporate spending in the electoral
12process creates an unequal playing field and allows unlimited corporate spending to
13influence elections, candidate selection, and policy decisions, and to sway votes, and
14forces elected officials to divert their attention from the peoples' business, or even to
15vote against the interest of their human constituents, in order to ensure competitive
16campaign funds for their own reelections; and
AJR81-ASA1,2,2017 Whereas, tens of thousands of people, organizations, and municipalities across
18the nation are joining the Move to Amend movement to call for an amendment to the
19U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate constitutional rights and the doctrine that
20money is free speech; now, therefore, be it
AJR81-ASA1,2,24 21Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the U.S.
22Constitution be amended to firmly establish that money is not speech and that
23human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutionally protected
24political speech; and, be it further
1Resolved, That the Wisconsin legislature applies for a national constitutional
2convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution for the express purpose of
3adopting the Move to Amend amendment; and, be it further
AJR81-ASA1,3,5 4Resolved, That the state of Wisconsin calls on other states and jurisdictions
5to join in this action by enacting similar resolutions.