Battling Big Money: Vermont Town Meetings Will Move to Amend

By:  John Nichols

If the polls are to be believed, big money-in the form of Mitt "Corporations Are People, My Friend" Romney-will be on the march this Super Tuesday in much of the country.

But it will lose some ground at the grassroots in Vermont.

At town hall meetings across the state, in a great show of small "d" democratic determination to renew the promise of the American experiment, thousands of Vermont voters will vote on resolutions urging that the US Constitution be amended to declare corporations are not people.

The resolutions are a response to the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling by the US Supreme Court, one of a number of recent high-court decisions that have for all intents and purposes given corporations and wealthy individuals the "right" to spend whatever amount of money they choose to buy elections.

This year's Republican presidential race, with its flood of Super PAC spending, has provided a glimpse of what politics will be like in the Citizens United era. And Americans don't like it. But to get their democracy back, citizens must reclaim the Constitution.

Vermonters will do so in a big way Tuesday.

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