WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — William Glatfelter said it was recommended he bring about four or five sheets with him to fill up with signatures — he brought substantially more, and was running out of paper.
Glatfelter was soliciting signatures in support of a constitutional amendment to reverse the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC.
"The uproar isn't as loud as you would think, but the people who know about it seem to come up to me right away and say 'let me sign that,'" Glatfelter said.
Standing outside of Mill Pond School on election day, where the largest number of residents vote, Glatfelter was frequently explaining what "Citizens United" was, and why he felt it should go away.
He explained that the court's decision allows corporations to fund candidates the same way a private citizen is allowed to make campaign contributions. Standing next to a sign reading "Stop Super PACs," Glatfelter had a simple solution.
"I think the whole notion where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer — to me that's distressing to say the least," he said. "The big money in politics has got to be wrong, I wish we could get all the money out of politics."
Glatfelter said he ended up with 225 signatures on the day, which he will send to Public Citizen, a nationwide organization fighting against super PACs
"This organization will take all the petitions and try to get Congress to initiate a constitutional amendment, then all the states have to vote for it," Glatfelter said, noting that he is the only one he knows of in Westborough fighting for this cause, although he is one of thousands throughout the country.