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ELECTIONS: Let’s take back our democracy

Letter by Mary F. Bartley, Tacoma on March 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm with No Comments »
March 17, 2014 2:44 pm

The News Tribune raises a valid concern in calling for electronic disclosure of Senate campaign contributions (editorial, 3-16). In the current environment of huge campaign contributions by wealthy individuals and corporations, timely disclosure gives the public some inkling of who is funding elections – or should I say, who is buying our elected officials?

But the real issue is the campaign contributions themselves. Big money is absolutely corrupting our political process. Shockingly, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled (2010, Citizens United vs. FEC) that corporations are people and money is speech! This defies common logic and has opened the floodgates for vast amounts of money to pour into and corrupt our electoral process.

Since the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution in this ludicrous way, there’s only one solution: Amend the Constitution. And that is what a dedicated group of volunteers is aiming to do. We’re working to get Initiative 1329, “We the People Claim our Democracy,” on the state ballot in November.

With passage of this initiative, Washington would join 16 other states that have told Congress that they support an amendment stating that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Take back our democracy; sign the petition to get I-1329 on the November ballot, and vote “yes” on I-1329 in November. To learn more go to www.WAmend.org.

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