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Support Warrant Article 18 at Hollis Town Meeting

Voters at the Hollis Annual Town Meeting, 7 pm on March 12 at the Hollis Brookline High School, will have the opportunity to vote to support an amendment to the US Constitution.  This vote urges our state politicians: that Hollis supports limiting the influence of money in politics.

 

 

 

The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court has made the problem much worse in recent years by awarding Constitutional Rights to corporations, associations and labor unions.  Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), is a US constitutional law case, in which the United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions. The huge increase in political spending since the Citizens United decision is seen as a threat to our free and fair elections here in NH by 78% of residents - and it must be undone.

 

The Supreme Court caused this slide with two decisions: (1) money is equal to free speech (in Buckley v. Valeo, 1976), which basically allows unrestricted expenditures of money; and (2) that corporations hold the same constitutional rights that people do (in Citizens United v. FEC).

 

From the Wikipedia article on this decision, Democratic senator Russ Feingold, a lead sponsor of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, stated "This decision was a terrible mistake. Presented with a relatively narrow legal issue, the Supreme Court chose to roll back laws that have limited the role of corporate money in federal elections since Teddy Roosevelt was president.” Our own late Republican Senator Warren Rudman voiced extreme opposition to the 2010 decision for its corrupting influence on our politcial system.

 

We have a chance to support Warrant Article 18, which states that Hollis agrees to urge Congress to move forward a constitutional amendment that 1) guarantees the right of our elected representatives and of the American people to safeguard fair elections through authority to regulate political spending, and 2) clarifies that constitutional rights were established for people, not corporations.

 

There is a groundswell of bipartisan grassroots support for this issue.  16 state legislatures have already voted in support of the amendment process (including all other New England states); another 13 states will be voting on this issue this year, including NH.  Come to the Hollis Annual Town Meeting to learn more about this issue and to vote your support for Article 18!