This Massachusetts referendum is about protecting your right to a fair and free vote, and saving our democracy from the influences and control by big money. Your vote should be equal to the vote of a wealthier person, and not based on your financial net worth. However, today global and U.S. corporations, special interests and wealthy individuals are allowed to contribute unlimited, and many times dark, money to campaigns and PACs to influence our elections and politicians, thereby diminishing your vote and voice.
In 2010, the Supreme Court decided on Citizens United v. FEC and essentially gave corporations and special interests the same constitutional rights as citizens. And in 1976, the case Buckley v. Valeo affirmed that money is free speech. The combination of these SCOTUS decisions has enabled corporations, special interests and the wealthy to pour huge sums of money into our elections and influence our elected officials to pass legislation to favor their interests. It’s become the battle of the millionaires and billionaires (Bloomberg, Buffet, Koch, etc.). Our democracy no longer works for most of its citizens, because money buys power. Fortunately, we can correct poor SCOTUS decisions with a constitutional amendment. Five previous amendments have done just that.
Massachusetts Question 2 calls for a non-partisan citizens commission to work with our state legislature to advance a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which will reform campaign finance laws and ensure a government by the people (not money nor corporations). Massachusetts will be the 19th state to pass such legislation. Wyoming currently has a similar referendum before their voters. Florida is next. Nearly 80 percent of voters across the political spectrum support these referendums.
Please vote 'Yes' on Question 2 and vote for you.