Letter: Take back our elections
Montana is a small state in population. It has just under a million people, while New Hampshire is closer to 1.5 million. However, 75 percent of Montanans have seen the light about the Citizens United case and its effect on our elections, and are in league with 15 states that have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment as worked for by their senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester.
As Baucus, a Democrat, wrote in January this year, on the third anniversary of the Citizens United decision: “I introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision and restore Montana’s right to regulate corporate and labor spending in our elections. I will introduce that constitutional amendment once again in the new Congress – and again and again in every Congress until our elections are back in the hands of the people, where they belong.”
All New England states but New Hampshire have called for a constitutional amendment as described above, aiming for transparency in spending and spenders, aimed at returning elections to the people. Our State House representatives and senators need to sign a letter about this, circulating still this last session week. They need calls to urge them on.
Share with them this quote: “Supreme Court opinion notwithstanding, corporations are not defined as people under the Constitution, and free speech can hardly be called free when only the rich are heard.” The man who said it was Warren Rudman, the late former senator from New Hampshire.
LYNN RUDMIN CHONG