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Commentary: Supposed “anti-corruption” amendment supporters don’t get to ignore the text of their own measure

Ethics Measure panelists were, from left, Susan Wefald, founder of North Dakotans for Public Integrity, Dina Butcher, president of North Dakota for Public Integrity, Geoff Simon, executive director of Western Dakota Energy Association and Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, chairman of the Government & Veterans Affairs Committee. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota’s Measure 1, a constitutional amendment put on the ballot by professional signature collectors paid by Hollywood celebrity activists, is anti-free speech.

Don’t take my word for it. That’s the opinion of the ACLU of North Dakota which opposes the measure because it, as they said in a press release last month, “Our First Amendment Rights are too important to let this constitutional mandate pass.”

Heather Smith, executive director for the ACLU in North Dakota, told me on my radio show last week that they will consider litigation if the measure passes.

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