November 7, 2012 •
Money is “Property, not Speech”
Initiative 166 passed yesterday, charging Montana’s officials to implement a policy that corporations are not human beings with constitutional rights.
The initiative is a reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Additionally, Montana’s congressional delegation is now charged with offering an amendment to the United States constitution which would overturn the Citizens United decision, establish that corporations are not human beings with constitutional rights, establish that campaign contributions and expenditures by corporations be prohibited at any level of government, and achieve “a level playing field in election spending.”
The initiative also directs the state’s elected and appointed officials to regard “money as property, not speech.”
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