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Salt Lake City to recognize opposition to ‘Citizens United’ ruling

First Published      Last Updated Dec 24 2014 03:32 pm

Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council are scheduled to sign a joint resolution Tuesday recognizing opposition to the 2010 "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision that opened funding floodgates in political campaigns.

The action, set for 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 451 S. State, would acknowledge that 89 percent of Salt Lake City voters who responded to the city's 2013 opinion question opposed the "Citizens United" ruling. It ruling found that corporations were people and money was speech and government could not legally restrict independent political contributions.

According to a statement from the Utah Chapter of the national grassroots organization called Move to Amend, Salt Lake City will join over 600 U.S. cities opposed to the Supreme Court ruling.




"This marks the end of Phase One of the Move to Amend, Utah Chapter effort," the statement said. "And is the beginning of Phase Two, which seeks an ordinance to ban contributions by corporations at the city level and limit individual contributions to no more than $500."

 

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