Minneapolis resolution calls for U.S. to regulate campaign spending

The Minneapolis City Council stood with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, grassroots coalition Move to Amend and cities across the nation Friday, June 15 in a unanimous resolution calling for a United States constitutional amendment to regulate corporate political spending and campaign financing.

In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission that corporations have free speech rights to unrestricted spending on political speech. The Minneapolis resolution states that corporations are not people and do not have constitutional rights, and that government should have the power to regulate them.

During Resolutions Week, local governments across the country are advancing resolutions through their city and town councils, county boards and state legislatures that declare support for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and support legislation to regulate campaign spending.

Published Jun 15, 2012