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The April 3 election provides an opportunity for voters in the city of La Crosse to voice concern about big money in politics.

A referendum asks voters to weigh in on this issue. A vote “yes” advises the city to join more than 120 Wisconsin communities in support of a federal constitutional amendment to limit election spending by organizations such as corporations, labor unions and political action committees. Already, 19 states have supported such an amendment.

Why do we need an amendment? Why not simply pass legislation? Unfortunately, the bipartisan McCain-Feingold law was ruled unconstitutional in 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations must have the same constitutional rights as individuals and furthermore, constraints on money spent is limiting free speech.

The current resolution addresses this two-pronged ruling that opened the doors to nearly unlimited spending.

Please vote “yes” to voice your support in reforming our election spending.

Jan Gallagher, La Crosse

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