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This Election Day, Nov. 4, voters in the 1st MIddlesex House District (Groton, Dunstable, Townsend and Ayer) have the opportunity to cast a vote for more democratic and functioning government.

Question 5 instructs our state representative to support a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that provides: 1. the rights protected by the Constitution belong to the people not corporations, unions or other incorporated entities, and 2. “we the people” can pass laws that put reasonable limits on political spending.

Why is such an amendment necessary? In 2010, the Supreme Court and its Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission ruling prohibited the government from restricting political spending by nonprofit organizations.

Since this decision was made, election campaign spending continues to skyrocket, Opensecrets.org is reporting that over a billion dollars has already been spent on the 2014 House and Senate campaigns alone! More than half of the money raised for outside group ads is coming from secret sources. This much is very clear: powerful private interests are dangerously insinuating themselves into our political system. The current “gridlock” in Washington is no accident.

If you agree that it is time for us to put our elected officials back to work for us and not for the corporations or individuals who finance their campaigns, please vote YES on Question 5.

For more information on this effort to amend the Constitution, check out the websites www.votesfordemocracy.org and MovetoAmend.org/Massachusetts.

Tom Callahan

West Groton

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