Kansas Dems To Urge Change On Corporate Influence

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Democrats in the Kansas Legislature say they'll push for a resolution urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to limit independent corporate campaign expenditures.

The proposal is from House Minority Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence; Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka; and Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City.

It would urge Congress to endorse a constitutional amendment overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in the case that's come to be known as "Citizens United." The court said corporations have the same free-speech rights as individuals, and their independent campaign expenditures can't be limited.

The lawmakers say corporations shouldn't be treated as people.

Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, calls the proposal an attack on small businesses and says the 2010 ruling ended limits for labor unions as well.

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