Draft Advisory Ballot Measure
Advisory Vote/Amending Constitution Addressing Corporate/Union Political Speech
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.
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