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W.Va. House seeks anti-Citizens United amendment


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's House of Delegates has come out against the U.S. Supreme Court's recent landmark campaign finance ruling.

A largely party-line 60-39 vote Thursday called for a constitutional amendment overturning the 2010 decision known as Citizens United.

The non-binding resolution specifically targets the ruling's finding that corporations are entitled to the same rights and protections as people.

The House's large Republican minority proposed adding unions to that language. That move prevailed on a bipartisan voice vote.

But several GOP delegates then argued against the resolution. They said it infringes on political speech protected by the First Amendment. One called it ridiculous.

Citizens United allowed unlimited corporate and union spending on campaign activities by independent groups. It left untouched the ban on direct contributions by these entities to candidates.

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