Assembly Committee Rejects Citizens United Referendum

On Oct. 10 the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics held its first meeting of the 2017-18 legislative session. Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) requested that Committee Chairperson, Rep Scott Allen (R-Waukesha), include Assembly Joint Resolution 53 on the public hearing agenda. AJR 53 would place a statewide advisory referendum question on the ballot asking voters whether they support a constitutional amendment overturning the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. AJR 53 was referred to the Committee on Constitution and Ethics in May. Yet, Rep. Allen refused request, calling the advisory referendum “politics at its worst.” In Wisconsin, 115 communities have called for an amendment to overturn Citizens United. Almost half of Wisconsin lives in jurisdictions that have voted for this and the Yes votes are in the 80-90 percent range. Across America, 19 state legislatures have voted for an amendment, as well as about 750 towns, villages, cities and counties. United To Amend is a nonpartisan, grassroots movement. For more information visit

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