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Petition to amend Constitution moves forward in West Allis

Nov. 1, 2011

A petition drive in West Allis to limit corporations paying for issue ads to affect political campaigns has reached its goal and organizers should be headed to the West Allis City Hall on Monday to turn in the signed petitions.

Even so, the petition drive will go on until then just to have a cushion in case some of the signatures are disallowed, said Mary Laan, Milwaukee, co-president of the southeastern Wisconsin Move to Amend group.

If enough signatures are confirmed, the constitutional amendment they are proposing would be on the ballot in West Allis in February if there is a primary or if not, it would be on the April ballot.

They started their petition drive Sept. 10 and had 60 days to gather 3,433 signatures. They had more than 3,800 as of Tuesday, Laan said.

The group, a local arm of the national group also named Move to Amend, wants to amend the United States Constitution to reverse a January 2010 United States Supreme Court ruling. The action resulted in dropping some regulations on corporate giving, Laan said.

The high court ruled that corporations are like individuals with the right to free speech.

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