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

Minneapolis joins cities across the nation to support Resolution Week

June 15, 2012 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Minneapolis City Council stood with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, grassroots coalition Move to Amend and cities across the nation today 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.

“Citizens United allows corporations to spend unlimited, undisclosed money in political campaigns, and this has already influenced elections,” said City Council President Barbara Johnson. “Minneapolis realizes what Citizens United means to the average voter and is committed to making sure the average voter understands where the money is coming from at federal, state and local levels.”

“Today we join the growing movement along with hundreds of local governments calling to overturn Citizens United, to strengthen our democracy, and to limit corporate spending in our elections,” said City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren.

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.

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Published Jun. 15, 2012