This week Monday Move to Amend: Southeast Wisconsin held a press conference> and rally to try to get Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to sign a resolution to put a referendum on this fall’s ballot asking Congress to amend the United States Constitution stating that corporations are not a persons and money is not speech.
Despite the efforts of the folks from Move to Amend: Southeast Wisconsin, County Executive Abele has chosen to veto the County Board’s request for an advisory referendum on Citizens United, a request that passed by a 14-4 supermajority vote. Abele has cited the cost of such a referendum as the reason he’s opposed to seeing it on the ballot, and while I can certainly appreciate Abele’s concern for how Milwaukee County’s tax dollars are spent, the cost of adding an advisory referendum to this fall’s ballot would total about 1/60,000th of the County’s yearly budget.
Then, as if to add insult to injury, Abele went on to compare an advisory referendum voted on by the citizens of Milwaukee County to a Facebook poll (Abele’s comments start at about the 2:00 mark).
While I’d act surprised at Abele’s opposition to a citzens’ referendum, in recent weeks he’s made it clear he’d rather support and defend his corporate friends, regardless of how those friends might be treating the “little guy.”