July 6, 2012
In Stamford Thursday night, democracy worked to try to make democracy work better.
The State and Commerce Committee of the Board of Representatives passed a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would prohibit corporations, unions and wealthy individuals from spending unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.
The committee's action is part of a grassroots movement to overturn the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that decreed that corporations and other entities have free speech rights that cannot be restricted by limiting what they can spend on political races.
Towns and cities nationwide are passing similar resolutions. During the committee meeting, nearly all the visitors' seats were filled with resolution supporters, judging by their applause for the invited speaker, Jeffrey Clements, author of "Corporations Are Not People" and co-founder of Free Speech for People, one of the grassroots groups seeking to amend the Constitution.