Campaign spending issue on Ashland ballot for November

Ashland voters will have a chance this November to say whether they support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress and the states to regulate campaign contributions and spending.

The Ashland City Council voted earlier this week to put the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations and unions can make unlimited political contributions and expenditures because they have the same rights as individual people.

The ruling stated that spending on political campaigns constitutes free speech and is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

The ruling has led to a nationwide movement to pass a new amendment that would restore the power of Congress and the states to limit campaign contributions and spending. Various jurisdictions across the country are holding votes to let their residents express their views on the issue.

Councilors Carol Voisin, Mike Morris, Greg Lemhouse, Dennis Slattery and Russ Silbiger voted to put the issue on the ballot.

Councilor David Chapman voted against, saying concerned residents should have gathered signatures to get the issue on the ballot themselves, rather than taking a shortcut through the council.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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