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22 May 2012

Governor Schweitzer among the first to sign I-166 petition


Volunteers throughout Montana — Dr. James Mahnke, right, among them — are gathering signatures to put ballot measure Initiative-166 on the general election ballot in November. Here’s the ballot language:

Ballot initiative I-166 establishes a state policy that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights because they are not human beings, and charges Montana elected and appointed officials, state and federal, to implement that policy. With this policy, the people of Montana establish that there should be a level playing field in campaign spending, in part by prohibiting corporate campaign contributions and expenditures and by limiting political spending in elections. Further, Montana’s congressional delegation is charged with proposing a joint resolution offering an amendment to the United States Constitution establishing that corporations are not human beings entitled to constitutional rights.

Governor Schweitzer has signed the petition. So have I. And so should you if you want to get corporate money out of politics.