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Citizens United Rally held at Capitol Tuesday


MADISON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case centering on campaign contribution levels, and demonstrators gathered in Madison on Tuesday to call attention to that case.

The Supreme Court justices seems divided on Tuesday on lifting the cap on how much individuals can donate to candidates during an election cycle. Opponents say they're unnecessary and lack any constitutional justification, in the wake of the high court's "Citizens United" decision in 2010. Supporters of the limits say they're necessary to prevent crafty contributors from bypassing other campaign finance laws.

The demonstrators in Madison met at the Capitol to urge Wisconsin leaders to support a constitutional amendment on Citizens United. That's the original Supreme Court case that prohibited the federal government from limiting how much corporations and unions could spend on independent political ads, which aren't affiliated with candidates.

"A constitutional amendment could be the one way we could actually say, money is not speech, money is a way to magnify speech but its not speech, corporations are not people," Lisa Subeck, with United Wisconsin, said.

Representative Chris Taylor authored Assembly Joint Resolution 50, which calls for that constitutional referendum, but Republicans have not moved to put it on the calendar.

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