U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has introduced a much-needed amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I applaud him for his leadership. His amendment will reverse the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling.
Citizens United said corporations, like all of us, have the same First Amendment rights as natural persons. This gives corporations a trump card, enabling them to throw out various laws that get in the way of their profits. We’ve already seen the results: our elections have turned into auctions, and laws protecting public health, the environment, and financial transparency are being jettisoned.
We give corporations great privileges: perpetual life, limited liability and the ability to aggregate vast wealth. We must also maintain our power to regulate them, as the Framers intended. Tester is doing the right thing, leading the way, and I thank him for it.
You can read Tester’s amendment for yourself at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113sjres18is/pdf/BILLS-113sjres18is.pdf.
Jennifer Ryan, Stevensville