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Lake Tomahawk Asks About Campaign Finance Reform


Lake Tomahawk voters will see an advisory question on Tuesday's ballot regarding campaign finance reform.

Communities across the country have been voting whether to have a Constitutional amendment saying only persons have constitutional rights and money is not free speech, so limiting money does not infringe on free speech.

Lake Tomahawk town supervisor Catherine Parker says the question asks voters thoughts...

".....this has been a gloomy election season and we're feeling a bit left out in the cold. Our town board was unanimous in this that this would give our town's people a say in what should be happening with our government to be of the people, by the people and for the people...."

Campaign finance watchdog Matthew Rothschild says more Wisconsin communities are voting on this issue. He says the best way to change the ruling is through a Constitutional amendment...

"....to say finally corporations are persons and money isn't speech. In 78 communities in Wisconsin people have voted by overwhelming margins in favor of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The vote in these 78 communities has been 77 percent in favor...."

The moves are in reaction to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing corporations the same speech rights as private individuals. This has led to a large influx of largely unaccountable money into political campaigns.

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