Letters to the Editor

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Tag: campaign contributions

April
7th

ELECTIONS: McCutcheon ruling amounts to poll tax

The recent McCutcheon ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated limits on donations for candidates and political committees on the basis that they are limits on the free speech of wealthy people. What about the limits on free speech for the rest of us? We are all limited by the amount of money we can afford to give.

The courts have long recognized that a poll tax is a limit on one’s ability to vote. It is considered unconstitutional, because we all have the right to equal treatment under the law, i.e., we all have an equal right to vote,

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April
4th

ELECTIONS: Citizens are being disenfranchised

Re: “High court ruling lifts lid on campaign donations” (TNT, 4-3).

The recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is a takeaway from the average citizen with limited means. If money is free speech, then the financially less endowed are immediately put at a disadvantage.

The ability of all citizens to engage in this mockery of the First Amendment is now controlled by how rich or not rich you are. If, as the Constitution says, we are all born equal, then no other consideration of free speech need apply. If we are all born equal, then only non-monetary free

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April
3rd

ELECTIONS: Supreme Court pronounces us an oligarchy

Re: “High court ruling lifts lid on campaign donations” (TNT, 4-3).

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow virtually unlimited campaign donations by the rich, this nation officially pronounced itself an oligarchy. Now we have a government owned and operated by a few private citizens whose corporations the court regards as “persons,” whose money the court regards as “speech.” We have lost our democracy.

These elites and their congressional shills aim to dismantle the progressive reforms of both Roosevelts, Kennedy and Johnson civil rights legislation, and the Great Society programs. They turn both working and middle classes into

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April
3rd

ELECTIONS: Public funding of campaigns important

There is an old statement: “Things have to get worse before they can get better.” Perhaps this could be the outcome of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to increase the amount of money a citizen can give to candidates running for federal office.

For example, in the past a wealthy donor could give only $5,200 to an individual candidate up to a total of $48,600 (nine candidates). Now the total allowed is $2,433,600. How much can a middle-class and poor person give? Perhaps at the most a higher-middle-class person could give just one $5,000 donation to one candidate.

Who ends

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Oct.
20th

ELECTION: Alternative to negative campaign ads

Wouldn’t it have been nice if the money poured into political campaign attack ads over the past few weeks had gone to food banks or other charities instead of being used to assault our eyes and ears. I suppose the TV and radio stations are happy enough with this infusion of cash, but it seems a waste to me. None of these ads has affected how I will vote.