Vermont to weigh anti-Citizens United resolution

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Posted: Jan 18, 2012 12:13 PM
Vermont to weigh anti-Citizens United resolution

One of the co-founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream is expected to be on hand as Vermont lawmakers and advocates unveil a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

That 5 4-ruling two years ago found that corporations have the same rights as individuals to make unlimited contributions to independent groups seeking to influence elections. It has been harshly criticized by Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and others on the left as unleashing unlimited corporate influence over elections.

On Wednesday, Senators Virginia Lyons and John Campbell are to appear at the Statehouse with activists to introduce a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment overturning the idea that corporations are people.