AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Dozens of activists attending a Maine State House rally are calling for more government control over campaign spending.
Tuesday’s rally, led by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, followed the third anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The 2010 ruling declared that corporations enjoy the same First Amendment rights to free speech as individual citizens, and can therefore spend as much as they want to try to influence elections.
Rally participants want the Legislature to pass a resolution calling for a U.S. Constitutional amendment allowing state and federal governments to regulate the raising and spending of campaign funds. Democratic Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick of Bangor said unregulated campaign reduces candidates to ‘‘pawns.’’
The advocates displayed more than 11,000 postcards from voters calling on lawmakers to support the constitutional amendment.