Vt. Senate: Corporations Aren’t People

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The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval for a resolution to the U.S. Constitution aimed at reversing the U.S Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision of 2010.

The resolution advanced on a vote of 26-3 Wednesday, and calls on the Congress to propose to the states a constitutional amendment saying that corporations are not people and that money is not speech.

Critics of Citizens United say it unleashed a flood of corporate money into U.S. election campaigns by lifting restrictions on corporate giving to electoral candidates and political committees.

Those speaking against the resolution included Caledonia County Republican Sen. Robert Bennington, who said he did not want to do anything to limit freedom of speech.

The measure needs final Senate approval before moving to the House.

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