WAmend is a coalition of grassroots organizations and individuals who believe that unlimited and anonymous money has corrupted our political system. The mission of WAmend is to put the State of Washington on record as calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment will empower the people to pass laws that limit and control money in politics. We believe that this amendment is needed to enshrine the intent of the people to make political candidates and elected officials representative of the needs and desires of the people rather than monied interests. The amendment will clarify that:
• Corporations and other artificial entities created by statute are not endowed with rights of persons as delineated in our Constitution.
• Contributing to or spending money on elections is not speech protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution – it must be regulated and controlled to allow all citizens equitable access and influence in the political process.
• Campaign contributions and expenditures must be disclosed to the public. Amend the US Constitution clarifying that corporations are not people and that money is not speech