I am in receipt of the resolution of the Monona City Council affirming the overwhelming support by the citizens of Monona for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that declared that campaign contributions were the equivalent of free speech and gave corporations the same standing as human beings in the exercise of political speech.

I agree completely that the Citizens United decision undermines American democracy by equating money with speech and corporations with people.

Constitutional amendments begin in Congress. The current congressional majority are beneficiaries of the Citizens United decision and are unlikely to initiate an amendment to overturn it.

Americans who want our country ruled by people rather than money will need to elect representatives who commit to voting for an amendment.

Petitions and resolutions such as the one adopted by the city of Monona and its voters help to create the political environment needed to overturn Citizens United. I have joined with a number of my legislative colleagues in co-sponsoring a joint resolution calling for a statewide referendum to overturn this very damaging decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Public opinion polls show that, like Monona, the majority of voters in Wisconsin and nationwide support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Thank you to the organizers of the referendum effort and to the members of the Monona City Council for adding their voices to the many communities and citizens across Wisconsin and the nation who want to keep “demos,” the people, in democracy.

Mark Miller represents the 16th Senate District, which includes Monona, the villages of Cottage Grove and McFarland, and the towns of Blooming Grove, Cottage Grove and Dunn.

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