A constitutional amendment to limit corporate campaign spending? Really?
Against all odds, a potent movement is aborning to achieve precisely that. Exhibit A: in November, an overflow crowd of 300 packed into a church in Vermont’s capital city for a forum on the infamous Citizens United decision. (In that 2010 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively ended most limitations on political donations, and since, a veritable cornucopia of cash has been issuing from deep-pocketed corporations and individuals to politicians begging alms for their campaigns.) The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) joined Clean Yield in organizing the Montpelier forum.
As this issue is going to press, we’re co-sponsoring a similar forum at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. In turn, these and other Citizens United events have inspired several dozen Vermont towns to add a ballot item for consideration at Town Meeting. At their March 6 meetings, citizens will vote about urging their political representatives to initiate a constitutional amendment to limit corporate personhood, nullifying the Supreme Court ruling.Tags: Citizens United, Spring 2012