Updated to reflect approval date for advisory vote wording
Bill Hall, Lincoln Co. Commissioner
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Here is a message to the community from Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall on Occupy Newport’s effort to put an advisory question on the upcoming November ballot. The question being put before the voters of Lincoln County asks whether the citizens of the county want to urge the Oregon Legislature and the U.S. Congress to launch a campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution to declare that corporations are not people and that money is not free speech. The final wording of the ballot issue is expected to be approved during the county commission’s regular Wednesday meeting July 25th at the courthouse in Newport.
Here’s Hall’s note to the community from his Facebook Page:
Here is the current draft language we will be considering July 25th (at their regular county commission meeting at the courthouse). This is still a work in progress, so if you have questions, concerns or comments, please send me a message here or through my office email. I will not be back in the office until Tuesday, however; you may also want to contact one of the other commissioners or Wayne Belmont our county counsel.
Draft Advisory Ballot Measure
Caption: Advisory Vote/Amending Constitution Addressing Corporate/Union Political Speech.
Question: The Citizens of Lincoln County Oregon urge the United States Congress and the Oregon State Legislature to act on an amendment to the United States Constitution to clearly state that corporations and unions are not persons having the same rights as individuals as it relates to political speech.
Summary: This is a non-binding advisory vote submitted by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to the citizens of Lincoln County. It asks voters if they desire to urge the Oregon State Legislature and United States Congress to overturn recent United States Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. The Federal Elections Commission and American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock and the State of Montana (holding that under the United States Constitution’s First Amendment corporations and unions are “persons” who should be treated the same as individuals in political speech, thereby striking down campaign finance restrictions on corporate and union spending to influence elections, candidate selection and votes in both federal and state elections). A yes vote expresses the desire to amend the Federal Constitution to allow the regulation, limitation, or prohibition of contributions and expenditures of corporations and unions in political election campaigns. A no vote indicates the desire to maintain the current law as interpreted by the Supreme Court and to treat corporations and unions as persons with the same political speech rights as individuals.