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Corporate influence on elections sparks reform rally

7:25 AM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A rally outside the Maine State House will call for more government control over campaign spending.

Tuesday's rally, to be led by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, marks the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The ruling in 2010 declared that corporations enjoy the same First Amendment rights to free speech as individual citizens do, and can therefore spend as much as they want to try to influence elections.

Rally participants in Maine want a U.S. Constitutional Amendment allowing state and federal governments to regulate the raising and spending of campaign funds.

A similar rally was held last week in Delaware's Legislative Hall.

In Maine, advocates planned to present more than 11,000 postcards from state voters calling on lawmakers to support the constitutional amendment on campaign finance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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