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Dane Co. voters asked to weigh in on national issue

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Voters in Dane County will be asked to weigh in on a national issue this Tuesday at the polls.

Referenda questions on both city of Madison and Dane County ballots will ask if political spending should be considered speech, and if the U.S. Constitution should be amended to reflect that it isn't.

The referenda were put on the ballots after the local chapter of "Move to Amend" collected thousands of signatures in response to a landmark Supreme Court case last year.

In Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, the court ruled corporations are people and money is speech. That means political spending on advertisements is protected by the First Amendment, and can't be regulated.

"I think that is a disaster for democracy," said Kaja Rebane, co-chair of the local "Move to Amend" chapter.

Rebane admits the referenda will have no practical effect if approved, and won't do much on their own. But, she says it's all fuel for a national movement.

"It's not going to have an immediate impact in the sense that the Constitution is going to be amended tomorrow, but it will have an immediate impact in terms of how people are perceiving this issue," she said.

 

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