Letter: Legislators should allow vote on We the People Act

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A corporation is a business structure; it is not a person; and money is property — it is not speech. While corporations serve a valuable and useful purpose, it was never intended for corporations to be able to use their accumulated wealth to control our political system and our local, state and federal governments through the influence of unlimited political campaign contributions. The preamble of our Constitution says “of, by and for the people” not “of, by and for the corporations.”

After a series of ill-conceived 5-4 court decisions, a constitutional amendment is needed to re-establish this basic governing principle to preserve democracy in America. N.C. House Bill 453 and Senate Bill 354, the “We the People Act,’” will allow North Carolina voters to deliver this message to Congress in a referendum, joining the 18 other states already on record.

Leaders in the N.C. General Assembly and specifically in the Rules Committee of both N.C. state houses need to hear from you that they should pass these bills out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.

For more information and to sign a petition, visit ncwethepeople.org. Also visit and “like” the NC We the People Campaign Facebook Page.

— Avram Friedman
Dillsboro

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