To the editor,

I am the founder of “We, the Irrelevant, formerly known as We, the People.” This open records project began in 2015. Using open records requests, I learned that, by overwhelming numbers, citizens were asking Wisconsin’s GOP legislative majority not to pass controversial and hastily-introduced bills. My data confirms that these legislators represent their wealthy donors, not the citizens of Wisconsin.

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United, equated money with free speech. As a result, corporate interests such as the notorious Koch brothers, are now able to literally buy elections. In Wisconsin, our governor, legislature and even our judiciary do the bidding of the wealthy people who fund their respective campaigns.

Since I published in December 2015, it has received more than 100,000 unique visits, reflecting a growing dissatisfaction with our political system. Regardless of party affiliation, citizens recognize that our politics are corrupted by vast sums of money.

On April 3, the citizens of McFarland will have an opportunity to express their dissatisfaction with this system of legalized bribery by voting yes on an advisory referendum that calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would stipulate that “… regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting freedom of speech, by stating that only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights.”

I urge you to vote yes on this referendum. You’ll help the village of McFarland join 120 other municipalities in our state and more than 760 across the country in a movement aimed at reclaiming our democracy. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations not to remain irrelevant.

Sheila Plotkin


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