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Mentor Citizens for Transparent Politics

"We The People, free and sovereign" - Learn about a new group forming in Mentor that wants to strengthen our Democracy and have it be vibrant and accountable.

Mentor residents!  Do you believe there's too much big money in our elections?  Do you believe that SuperPacs, unions and corporations have too much political influence?  Do you believe the political voices of the affluent drown out the voices of the middle class and the poor?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you may be interested in joining our local non-partisan group with the mission of ending corporate rule and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not special interest groups and corporations.  We are calling for an amendment to the United States Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong only to human beings, not legally created entities, and that money is not a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment.  This amendment would nulify the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and allow money to be regulated in political campaigns.

We are in agreement with the goals and objectives of the national Move To Amend organization and suggest you visit their website for more information at www.movetoamend.org

We want to put these questions to Mentor residents:

Should Mentor City Council regularly hold a public forum to discuss the impact of political contributions of special interest groups and corporations? 

Should Mentor City Council be required to send a letter to state and federal legislators informing them that the citizens of Mentor voted in support of a Citizens initiative calling for a constitutional amendment declaring that only human beings, not corporations, are legal persons with constitutional rights; that money is not equivalent to speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech?

If you are interested in learning more or joining our effort, email me at dlima@sbcglobal.net

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