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Mass. coalition calls for constitutional amendment

July 24, 2012
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BOSTON—A Massachusetts group has submitted thousands of petition signatures to put a non-binding question on the November ballot, asserting that corporations aren't entitled to the same rights as people.

The Democracy Amendment Coalition of Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it submitted 20,000 signatures from registered voters to Secretary of State William Galvin's office. The move is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court stripping away limits on political activity by corporations in 2010.

The question will be on the ballot in four state Senate districts and 15 House districts. The coalition is aiming to have the question considered in a total of six Senate districts and 33 House districts.

The question will ask voters to instruct state lawmakers to urge Congress to propose a constitutional amendment limiting political contributions by corporations.

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