Rally held on statewide ballot initiative

Posted: Monday, May 03, 2010

 FAIRBANKS — A statewide ballot initiative is getting some attention from Fairbanks politicians and union leaders who are opposed to it.

A rally was held Saturday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers headquarters in Fairbanks to oppose Ballot Measure 1.

The ballot initiative aims to tighten restrictions on campaign contributions and publicly funded lobbyists. Opponents say it goes too far, impeding free-speech rights and important government functions.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins told about 50 people at the rally that the initiative would hamper municipal governments from bringing funds into their communities.

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