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Time to overturn Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision

Posted: June 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I just wanted to point out the need to overturn the Citizens United decision of the United States Supreme Court in 2010.

That decision held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations, associations or labor unions.

In essence, it allows those entities to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns as long as it is not a direct contribution to the candidate.

The power and corrupting influence of money in political campaigns is well known. Generally, those with the most money have the most influence.

That type of power dilutes the “one man, one vote” tradition of democracy.

In the last election cycle, political campaign records have been broken, thanks to Political Action Committees and “super PACs.”

This is a timely topic, as the United States Senate is now considering a vote to amend the Constitution with S.J. RES.19, which will restore Congress’ and states’ authority to limit campaign spending.

In my opinion, this action is sorely needed.

Limiting campaign contributions should be the goal in order to level the playing field for all Americans, particularly the vast majority who do not have the money to compete with major corporations and unions trying to influence public opinion and governmental policy.

I believe this to be in the interests of all Americans regardless of political affiliation and would recommend that we all support this legislation by calling our senators.



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