'Corporations Are Not People' in Montana, Colorado
Common Dreams staff
November 7, 2012
In a landslide victory Tuesday night, Montana voters approved
an initiative stating "that corporations are not entitled to
constitutional rights because they are not human beings" --
corporations are not people.
The initiative directly challenges the now infamous Citizens
United decision, which allows corporations to contribute
unlimited amounts of money for campaign groups know as super
PACS and 'shadow money' organizations.
Initiative 166 will win roughly 75 percent to 25 percent,
according to the likely, but not yet final, results,
Montana's Billings Gazette reports.
The initiative states:
"Ballot initiative I-166 establishes a state policy that
corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights
because they are not human beings, and charges Montana
elected and appointed officials, state and federal, to
implement that policy. With this policy, the people of
Montana establish that there should be a level playing field
in campaign spending, in part by prohibiting corporate
campaign contributions and expenditures and by limiting
political spending in elections..."
The measure, proposed by the group Stand with Montanans, will
determine state policy on prohibiting corporate contributions
and expenditures in state and national elections, and will
charge state lawmakers with furthering the state's policy on
the matter, asking congressional delegates to support efforts
to overrule the Citizens United decision by amending the U.S.
Similarly, Colorado Amendment 65 looks like a victory. 65
instructs Colorado’s congressional delegation to propose and
support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allows
congress to overturn Citizens United.
Results from the CO Secretary of State show a YES for
Amendment 65 with a margin of 73% with 23 of 64 counties
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