Why are you doing this? There are many reasons, but mainly to get the corrupting influence of large corporations and big money out of the political process. See a long list of reasons at www.PassMassAmendment.org
Is this about Citizens United? The Citizens United case is “Federal”. What we are doing applies to Massachusetts. But we are concerned about large amounts of money from outside our borders influencing our local elections.
Given Citizens United, won't the Supreme Court shoot down what you're doing? We can amend the Massachusetts Constitution and the Supreme Court would not get involved until a law was passed, someone sued, and it could then go to the Supreme Court. It would be the early 2020s before anything to do with our Amendment would make it to SCOTUS. By then, SCOTUS, would not consist of the same Justices.
Will businesses still be able to hold contracts and ownproperty? The only rights that a corporation has in Massachusetts are granted by the Legislature through the Massachusetts General Laws and their charter. We consider our Amendment to be a clarification, which changes no law.
What about Unions? The largest perceived problem with Unions is their spending of money to influence elections. Limiting Union money in elections is covered by Section 2 of our language, which includes all people and “entities”.
Is this Move to Amend? No. Move to Amend is working on a Federal amendment. There are many different groups out there working on Federal Amendments. We feel that we are jumpstarting the process which will benefit all. Many people within Move to Amend are committed to helping our effort which includes the endorsement of Cape Cod MTA
Why bother if we don't know for sure if the “government” will let this happen? This is a DIRECT ACTION. It's like protesting, except we are guaranteed a Supreme Judicial Court hearing as to whether corporations have constitutional rights or not in Massachusetts and whether money is considered speech. When we gather the required signatures (68,911 certified) if we were to lose in the SJC, remember this, every signature over the 68,911 required, adds volume to the voice of the people, putting pressure on our Representatives in the Statehouse to act.
Where can people find petitions? At the website there is a button for the current locations
Can people download a petition form to help petition, sign themselves, and/or get a few of their friends to sign? Absolutely! Please see www.PassMassAmendment.org
How to help:
Sign up for our email list - Action Alerts will follow
Contact your Legislators - Ask them to endorse PassMassAmendment
This is a true Grassroots effort - Volunteer your time
This is being run on a bare bones budget. No one gets paid - But we need money for printing and office supplies
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