Effort To Get Secret Money Out Of Politics Might Be Coming To A Public Event Near You

July 1, 2016
JO INGLES

If you go to a parade or public festival this weekend, you might see groups collecting signatures for a variety of possible ballot issues. One of those is meant to take the money out of politics.

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The group Move to Amend Ohio has a problem with the Supreme Court ruling that allows a lot of money from unknown sources to fund political campaigns anonymously. Madelon Watts, a member of this group, says the problem is that money often drowns out the free speech of ordinary citizens. So volunteers with her group are collecting signatures to prompt cities throughout Ohio to call on Congress to adopt this amendment to the constitution.

“To establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech, that only human beings, not corporations, are legal persons with constitutional rights, money is not equivalent speech.”

More than 600 municipalities in the U.S., including 20 here in Ohio, have already approved resolutions urging Congress to approve the amendment. But those resolutions have no force of law.

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