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First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti
Citation:435 U.S. 765 (1978).
In 1976, Massachusetts implemented § 8 to prohibit corporate spending on referendum elections not directly related to the business’s interest. During that same year, Massachusetts also proposed a constitutional amendment to the state’s income tax laws. This change was to be decided through a referendum election. Plaintiffs, alleging that the change would affect their business interests, wished to publicize their opinions on the referendum question. However, the Attorney General disagreed and enforced § 8 to bar them from doing so.
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