Proposed Resolution: Olympia City Council
WHEREAS, government of, by, and for the People has been a long cherished American value and legal foundation; and Corporations are not human beings and therefore, as our legal creations, are rightfully subservient to human beings and governments;
WHEREAS, free and fair elections are essential to democracy and effective self-governance, and the Citizens United v. the Federal ElectionCommission decision supersedes state and localefforts to regulate corporate activity in their elections;
WHEREAS, it is the inherent right of the residents of the City of Olympia to govern their own community, including, without limitation, the Declarations of Independence’s provision that governments are instituted to secure the rights of people and the Washington State Constitution’s recognition that “all political power is inherent in the people”; and
WHEREAS, the Olympia City Council believes that local legislation that embodies the fundamental interests of the community is mandated by the doctrine of the consent of the governed;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Olympia affirms and upholds the principle that the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities established by the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.
The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Federal, State and local government shall regulate all political contributions and expenditures made for the purpose of influencing in any way the electoral process and shall mandate that all political contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.
The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that nothing contained in this resolution shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that by the adoption of this Resolution, with the concurrence of the Mayor, the City of Olympia hereby indicates its SUPPORT for Legislative actions ensuring corporations are not entitled to the protections or "rights" of human beings, but only to the rights enumerated in their charters which created them as legal entities; and specifically that the expenditure of corporate money to influence the electoral process is no longer a form of constitutionally protected speech.