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On April 5 voters in Madison and Dane County considered two separate resolutions calling for a U.S. constitutional amendment to establish that only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not speech.

The intent of these resolutions was to help galvanizing national grassroots support for overturning the infamous Citizens United v. FEC decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which opened the floodgates to unlimited spending by corporations, unions and other special interests on our elections.

The results of last week's referendums have received almost no attention from the local media, so I point out that Madison voters approved their resolution with an astonishing 84 percent of the vote, a ratio of more than five to one in favor. Dane County voters approved their resolution with only a slightly smaller 78 percent.

These lopsided outcomes reveal that liberal and conservative voters alike reject the logic and consequences of the Supreme Court's decision. Other groups of volunteers are now seeking to emulate our success in their own communities to increase pressure on our national leaders to reclaim the right to regulate campaign spending.

Our thanks go to the Dane County volunteers who worked tirelessly since last September to achieve this important step and to those who generously contributed to the campaign.

 

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