Vt. towns say no to 'corporate personhood'

AP News
Posted: Mar 06, 2012 10:06 PM
Vt. towns say no to 'corporate personhood'

More than two dozen Vermont towns have sent a message to Washington that they want Congress to begin the process of changing the U.S. Constitution to ensure that corporations are not treated the same as people.

Supporters are pushing for an amendment to override the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2010 that opened the door to corporations and unions to spend money on elections. Critics say the ruling gave corporations too much power.

More than 50 communities in Vermont placed the "corporate personhood" issue to a vote Tuesday, and early results showed overwhelming support for an amendment. More results will be available Wednesday.

Vermont Sen. Virginia Lyons, who organized the campaign in the state, said, "People are just fed up with the status quo."