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Massachusetts State House Boston, MA 02133
The Honorable Rep Garballey,
As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to do whatever you can to support H63 for a State legislative amendment to the State Constitution to declare that corporations are not people, money is not speech. proposed by Representatives Paul Mark. And to support HD2350 to reduce the amount of non-resident money that can be donated to campaigns.
I am concerned about the ever growing sums of money and the potential corrupting influence it has in our elections.
We need to REFORM how we finance campaigns. Even the 2016 Presidential Candidates of both major parties are talking about this critical issue.
I believe that bills H-63 and HD2350 would clear the way for State legislation that would begin to address this critical issue. Discussion on the same change as H63 wasthese proposals was postponed at the MA State Constitutional Convention in 2016.
I am showing my support, once again.
Please take time in the next few days to speak with your colleagues and encourage them to support the bills.
Thank you for all that you have already done and will do to support our democratic process.
Arlington, MA 02474
Dear Ms. Congressman/Senator/State Rep,
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me about PassMassAmendment,the statewide ballot initiative to amend the Massachusetts Constitution based on “Corporations Are Not People, Money Is Not Speech”.
As discussed, we are hoping that you will endorse the PassMassAmendment ballot initiative.
Here is the website: www.PassMassAmendment.org
Here is our write-up of why people doing this: http://passmassamendment.wikispaces.com/Why+Are+We+Doing+This
The effort has already gotten endorsements from a list of Massachusetts Legislators.
1. U. S. Congressional Representatives
2. State Representatives:
- Cory Atkins - 14th Middlesex District
- Ellen Story - 3rd Hampshire District
- Denise Provost - 27th Middlesex District, Somerville
- Timothy J. Toomey Jr - 26th Middlesex District, Cambridge
- Sean Garballey, 23rd Middlesex District, Arlington
- Jennifer Benson, 37th Middlesex District
- Carl Sciortino, 34th Middlesex District, Medford & Somerville)
- Jason M. Lewis - 31st Middlesex
- Harold P. Naughton, Jr Representative, Clinton
- Chris Walsh, Framingham ]
- Danielle Gregoire, 4th Middlesex, Marlborough, Westborough, Northborough)
3. State Senators:
- Katherine M. Clark Senator, Melrose
- Barry R. Finegold Senator, Andover
- Karen E. Spilka Majority Whip, Ashland
- Benjamin Downing Senator, Hampshire, Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden)
You can see the up to date list here: http://passmassamendment.wikispaces.com/Endorsements+%26+Advisors
And other notable people and groups including: the 2014 Massachusetts State Democratic Convention, various chapters of Move to Amend, Noam Chomsky, Ironworkers Local 7, Occupy Winchester, and the Greater-Boston Chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party.
You may have already endorsed one or more efforts based on “Corporations Are Not People, Money Is Not Speech”.
We believe that all efforts moving toward this end, are worth supporting, at the Federal, State, and Local levels.
We hope you will support our effort, as well.
Please let readers know about PassMassAmendment the statewide ballot initiative to amend the Massachusetts Constitution based on “Corporations Are Not People, Money Is Not Speech”. We are trying to get money out of politics, because of the corrupting influence of money has on our government. We hope people will help gather signatures during the 9 week period from mid-September to mid-November as part of our effort to educate and coordinate people around the state. Government can only serve democracy when it is afraid of the people. We need to have enough people who are willing to petition that our Legislators will stand up and act on our behalf. People can contact the PassMassAmendment team directly at PassMassAmendment@gmail.com, 978 808 7173, or they can contact me. I am helping gather signatures in my region, and am coordinating signature gathering. For more information: www.PassMassAmendment.org
Help limit campaign spending! Come help us reduce the impact of money on our government! If you believe that there is too much money in elections and want to get involved in an effort to limit what large corporate donors can contribute/spend on elections and ballot initiatives, please consider PassMassAmendment (www.PassMassAmendment.org). We are organizing a statewide ballot initiative to amend the Massachusetts Constitution, based on “Corporations Are Not People, Money Is Not Speech”. We need 700 people across the state to help petition this fall. Will you be one of them? We are forming
regional teams now. State/regional coordinators meet in Cambridge on the 2nd Sunday of the month, 1:30 at the Democracy Center. If you want to help petition, or help in any way, such as coordinating events, helping spread the word, etc, please email PassMassAmendment@gmail.com, or call Terra Friedrichs at 978 808 7173 or the person who is getting the newsletter item in