Framingham Town Meeting has a request for Congress that resonates around the country: Help stop runaway election campaign spending.
Framingham is one of the latest cities and towns to join what state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Action, calls an “amazing grassroots effort” to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 Citizens United decision.
Town Meeting last week overwhelmingly passed a resolution that members now want to see make its way to the state Legislature and then Washington. It calls on Congress to pass and allow each state to ratify a constitutional amendment that sets “reasonable limits” on all election contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own spending.
“In other words, the last thing we want to do is leave all the major offices to multimillionaires and billionaires,” said lead sponsor Mel Warshaw.
The 2010 Citizens United decision allows corporations and unions to throw unlimited amounts of money at candidates to fund their election bids.
“I think we all, most people realize that that’s a real danger to democracy,” said Eldridge, whose district includes nearby Southborough, Sudbury, Westborough and Marlborough.
Eldridge is the main sponsor of a similar resolution for Congress to overturn Citizens United that’s now before the state’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary. He said he hopes the Legislature will pass it and the governor will sign it by the end of July.
“I’m very impressed with what Framingham did,” the senator said.
Framingham became the 26th of 30 [ed: now 48] communities in Massachusetts to so far pass a resolution calling for Congress to take action.
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