To the editor,

On Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m., McFarland United to Amend will hold an educational forum at the E.D. Locke Public Library about the advisory referendum that will appear on the April 3 ballot. The referendum calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would stipulate that “regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting freedom of speech, by stating that only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights.”

Such an amendment has become necessary because of the disastrous 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In this bitterly divided decision, five of the nine justices declared that corporations are indistinguishable from people under the U.S. Constitution, hence obliterating the common sense distinction between heretofore regulated free spending and constitutionally protected free speech.

Referendums similar to the one that will be on the April 3 ballot have already been passed by 119 municipalities in the state of Wisconsin. These referendums have received bipartisan support because people of all political persuasions are united in their belief that there is too much money in politics and that this money is corrupting our government and political system.

The March 7 forum will feature George Penn of Wisconsin United to Amend, which has been assisting our local group in our efforts to educate the public about this important issue. For more information about Wisconsin United to Amend, see www.wiuta.org.

Ron Berger

McFarland United to Amend

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