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ELECTIONS: GOP trying to silence opponents

Letter by David Lucas, Tacoma on March 2, 2011 at 10:42 am | 27 Comments »
March 2, 2011 1:12 pm

Re: “FEC deadlocked over disclosure” (TNT, 3-2).

According to the article, “If an impasse at the FEC remains, corporations, unions and wealthy individuals will be able to fund hundreds of millions of dollars in in campaign advertisements for next year’s presidential and congressional elections while keeping their identities secret.”

But if corporations and wealthy individuals are able to eliminate unions as they are attempting in Wisconsin, where will that leave the nation?

Why is it that House Speaker John Boehner claims that “sunshine is the best disinfectant,” yet again and again we see Republicans blocking the simple notion that if you donate money to a cause it should not be done be in secret?

What are they hiding? Do people feel like they need to keep it secret when they donate to the Special Olympics?

Republicans are seeking elimination of the one group – unions – that can collectively counter in pooled $100 amounts what two wealthy brothers from Kansas can spend in a single election cycle. This is what the Gilded Age looked like in America: corporate titans crushing unions and shrinking the middle class.

There is simply no reason that corporate and individual donations to campaigns should not be made public. The Supreme Court itself said it should be done, yet the Republicans in Congress block its implementation.

So much for sunshine.

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