One of the final acts of the 2012 Massachusetts legislative session was to nearly unanimously approve a resolution in favor of a federal constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision. This unfortunate court ruling has opened the floodgate of special interest money into our elections -- especially from corporate treasuries, allowed for the first time in close to a century. Sen. Jamie Eldridge was the lead sponsor of that resolution, along with Rep. Cory Atkins, and he deserves credit for his tenacious and successful advocacy with his colleagues. Indeed Sen. Eldridge is nearly always in the lead when it comes to reforming our elections, opening up government, and limiting special interest money in politics. I have had the pleasure of working with him on many bills this session and for many years prior. This victory is one to be savored, but there is much more work to be done. In fact, the voters in Sen. Eldridge's district and many others in Metrowest and across the state will be voting on a similar resolution in November. We hope the people will back up their elected representatives by voting "yes" in favor of a constitutional amendment to affirm that 1) corporations do not have the same constitutional rights as human beings and 2) that Congress and the states have the ability to limit the independent expenditures that are so corrupting to the political process. The health of our democracy depends on it.


Executive director, Common Cause Massachusetts