Move to Amend collecting signatures for petition on campaign funding

July 13, 2015
Douglas Jambard-Sweet

On Monday morning, July 13th a group of Toledo volunteers turned in nearly twice the needed petition signatures to the Toledo Clerk of Council and Lucas County Board of Elections for a city ordinance to establish a Democracy Day and pressure elected officials to amend the U.S. constitution to end corporate personhood.

5,985 valid signatures are needed for the issue go on the ballot this November. The petition states that we, the voters of Toledo, support a movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech and would establish yearly public hearings to discuss concerns over money in politics and corporate influence. The Board of Elections now has 10 days to determine the validity of these signatures.

If approved by voters in November, Toledo becomes the largest City in the nation to pass such an initiative.  There are over 200 cities and communities in the U.S. that have already done so, only Madison Wisconsin comes close in size to Toledo. 

The petition, if validated, goes to City Council for approval or defer to voters in November.

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