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Washington Rights for Natural Persons and Regulation of Political Financing Measure, Initiative 1329 (2014)

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The Washington Rights for Natural Persons and Regulation of Political Financing Measure, Initiative 1329 is not on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People. The measure would have urged Washington’s congressional delegation to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to clarify that constitutional rights apply to natural persons, not corporations, to authorize greater regulation of political contributions and expenditures.[1]
See also: Campaign finance reform

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title read as follows:[1]

Initiative Measure No. 1329 concerns support for amending the United States Constitution.

This measure would urge Washington’s congressional delegation to propose amending the Constitution to clarify that constitutional rights apply to natural persons not corporations and to authorize greater regulation of political contributions and expenditures.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ][2]

Ballot measure summary

The official ballot summary read as follows:[1]

This measure would state that recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court that address limits on government power to regulate political contributions necessitate amendment of the federal Constitution. The measure would urge Washington’s congressional delegation to propose amendments to clarify that constitutional rights, including rights to free speech, apply only to natural persons and not to corporations, and to authorize federal and state governments to limit, and require disclosure of, political contributions and expenditures.[2]


The Washington Coalition to Amend the Constitution banner logo

Initiative 1329 was primarily supporteded by The Washington Coalition to Amend the Constitution, also called WAmend. This measure was sponsored by Kimberly Jordan.[1][3]


The following state legislators were supporters, according to WAmend:[4]


The following organizations were members of WAmend:[5]

  • Alliance for Democracy
  • Backbone Campaign
  • Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Evergreen Democratic Club Electing Democrats
  • Food & Water Watch
  • Free Speech For People
  • Fuse Washington
  • MoveOn – Seattle Council
  • Move to Amend National
  • Move to Amend – Clallam County
  • Move to Amend – Greater Seattle
  • Move to Amend – Island County
  • Move to Amend – Kirkland
  • Move to Amend – Kitsap County
  • Move to Amend – Port Townsend
  • Move to Amend – Spokane (SMAC)
  • Move to Amend – Tri-Cities
  • Move to Amend – Vancouver, WA
  • Move to Amend – Whatcom County
  • Metropolitan Democratic Club
  • Occupy Bellingham
  • Public Citizen
  • State Legislative Resolution Planning Committee (SLRPC)
  • University Temple United Methodist Church
  • Washington Public Campaigns
  • WashPIRG
  • Wedgwood Interfaith Justice and Peace Coalition
  • West Seattle Democratic Women

The following organizations endorsed Initiative 1329, according to WAmend:[6]

  • 9 to 5
  • Seattle
  • American Federation of Teachers – Washington
  • American Independent Business Alliance
  • Auburn Seminary
  • Buy Vancouver USA
  • Clallam County Democrats
  • Common Cause
  • Cowlitz County Democratic Central Committee
  • CREDO Action
  • Faith Action Network
  • Green Party of Washington State
  • Greater Spokane Democratic Women’s Club
  • Health Care for All – Washington
  • International Association of Firefighters, Local 46 in Everett
  • International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Dist.751
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 46 PAC
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19
  • Jefferson County Democrats
  • King County Democrats
  • Kitsap Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, Social Justice Committee
  • Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples
  • Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS)
  • People for the American Way
  • Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)
  • Real Change
  • Seattle Raging Grannies
  • Snohomish County Democrats Central Committee
  • Social Justice Ministries of Seattle First Baptist Church
  • South End Neighbors for Peace & Justice
  • South King County Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Tenants Union
  • Transit Riders Union (Seattle)
  • 2nd Legislative District Democrats
  • 5th Legislative District Democrats
  • 21st Legislative District Democrats
  • 24th Legislative District Democrats
  • 26th Legislative District Democrats
  • 32nd Legislative District Democrats
  • 34th Legislative District Democrats
  • 36th Legislative District Democrats
  • 39th Legislative District Democrats
  • 44th Legislative District Democrats
  • 45th Legislative District Democrats
  • University Unitarian GMOP
  • Washington CAN! (Washington Community Action Network)
  • Washington Public Campaigns – Pierce County Chapter
  • Washington State Fair Trade Coalition
  • Washington State Progressive Caucus
  • West Seattle Meaningful Movies
  • Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Board of Trustees
  • Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Corporations vs. Democracy Issues Committee
  • Yakima County Democratic Central Committee

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Washington

Supporters were required to collect at least 246,372 valid signatures by July 3, 2014 in order to land the initiative on the ballot. No signatures were submitted by the deadline.

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