Will Massachusetts Be Next to Demand 28th Amendment? Bay Staters should ask their representatives.

Here’s my op-ed in the Fall River Herald News about the demand across Massachusetts (sixty-two cities and towns so far) for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. A resolution (S.772) calling on Congress to send the 28th Amendment to the states for ratification has been pending in the State House in Boston. At a Judiciary Committee hearing on the resolution several weeks ago, hundreds of people attended and voiced support. (See the photo below; my testimony is here.)

With widespread support, including from the Attorney General, the Senate President, many, many legislators, and people across the Commonwealth, S.772 ought to pass handily. But to win, S.772 needs to come up for a vote.

If you live in Massachusetts call or email your state representative and your state Senator and ask them to make sure S.772, the Citizens United amendment resolution, gets a prompt vote  now. You can find contact information for your legislators here.

About Jeff Clements

Jeff Clements is co-founder and chair of the board of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, challenge excessive corporate power, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He co-founded Free Speech For People in 2010, after representing several public interest organizations with a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Citizens United case. Jeff has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. As Bureau Chief, he led more than 100 staff in the enforcement of environmental, healthcare, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection laws. In private practice, Jeff has been a partner at Mintz Levin in Boston, and in his own firm. Jeff also has served in leadership capacities on numerous boards, including that of the Portland Water District, a public agency responsible for protecting and delivering safe drinking water and ensuring proper treatment of wastewater for 160,000 people; Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental organization he co-founded with others to protect and enhance stewardship of Maine’s Casco Bay; and The Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 2012, Jeff co-founded Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides cost-effective capital to farmers and businesses engaged in local, sustainable agriculture. Jeff graduated with distinction in History and Government from Colby College in 1984, and magna cum laude from the Cornell Law School in 1988. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife and three children. Jeff Clements Twitter: @ClementsJeff Email: jclements@freespeechforpeople.org
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