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United to Amend allowed an advisory referendum
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MONROE - Green County United to Amend was granted its request by the Monroe Common Council last week when aldermen approved placing an advisory referendum on the city's April ballot. Green County United to Amend is opposed to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision which says corporations have the same constitutional rights as people and their donations to campaigns should not be limited because money is defined as free speech. The referendum, which is a means of gaining voters' opinions on the issue, is a way to bypass legislators the group has seen as stagnant in its efforts to shift away from "the expansion of corporate personhood rights and the corrupting influence of unlimited political contributions" by proposing a direct amendment to the U.S. Constitution.