Letters to the Editor

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Tag: citizens united

Oct.
29th

ELECTION: The left benefits from court decision, too

Re: “Big campaign money, lurking in the shadows” (TNT, 10-28).

Poor Timothy Egan. The Supreme Court did not rule the way he wanted on one case (Citizens United), and now America is doomed, as he sees it, for we will never have “free and fair” elections ever again.

Methinks Egan is being scared by his own ideological shadow and should manfully buck up. Nobody ever gets every decision they want from our nine Supremes.

Furthermore, it’s not like Citizens United only helps right-leaning billionaires, like the Koch brothers, but not any left-leaning ones, as George Soros. Or does Egan

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Sep.
16th

ELECTIONS: Amendment targets big money

I have a stamp, which I put on my money. It says: “Not to be used for buying elections,” and it means just that.

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision in 2010 opened the door to unlimited corporate political spending and struck down the laws that prohibited such spending.

The 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC decision said that the wealthiest individuals in our country can contribute even more money to political candidates and party committees – striking down the aggregate limits that had capped individuals’ campaign contributions during a single election cycle.

The Democracy for All Amendment is a

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Sep.
15th

ELECTION: People should vote their conscience

In July I wrote a letter suggesting five reasons to vote Democratic. They referred to positive positions Democrats took regarding the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits, believing in climate change and working to fix environmental problems caused by it, Obamacare (which is working terrifically despite negative or tepid press) and supporting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

I indicated there were many more reasons, including Paycheck Fairness, the Violence Against Women Act, opposing Citizens United and establishing a fair way to get views more equally expressed, and working on the problem of income inequality.

The purpose of this letter, though,

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July
1st

HOBBY LOBBY: Decision is a step toward fascism

The Hobby Lobby court ruling which allows closely held (family? held) corporations to not pay for certain kinds of birth control is one more step toward fascism – which I define as corporations/businesses ruling our government.

Employees who do not hold similar religious beliefs should not be denied certain kinds of contraception because it is against the corporate founder’s religious beliefs.

The Hobby Lobby’s ruling is a step back of at least 50 years. Citizens United was a step back to the late 1800s when the rich really did hold all the power. Two of our forefathers, Benjamin Franklin, and

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April
22nd

ELECTIONS: Reduce influence of big money

It was good to read about retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens’ new book, in which he calls for an amendment to the Constitution regarding election finance reform.

It’s important to note that two U.S. representatives, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have stated that since the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision, “decision-making is often colored by the prospect of facing $5 million in anonymous attack ads if a member of Congress crosses an economically powerful interest.”

Washington state’s citizens’ Initiative 1329 is calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reduce the influence of big money

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March
17th

ELECTIONS: Let’s take back our democracy

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

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April
9th

AMERICA: Democracy is more distorted than ever

I think the country needs to have a serious discussion about who is running this place. It has been three years since the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, and money has been the driving force in the two national elections since then. The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Donald Trump, and the National Rifle Association pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into their election efforts to convince the rest of the country about how to vote.

Worse, we have an attorney general who has expressed no interest in prosecuting the major banks for their part in robbing the country of

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Dec.
20th

TACOMA: City joins others seeking campaign finance reform

On Tuesday, the Tacoma City Council joined more than 150 municipalities and counties throughout the United States by passing a resolution which states, in part, that corporations are not people with constitutional rights.

In this state, Tacoma joins Bellingham, Olympia, Port Townsend, Seattle, Jefferson County, Snohomish County and Island County in lobbying the state legislature to pass a memorial (formal request) to Congress requesting legislation to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010. A change will most likely require an amendment to the Constitution.

The Tacoma City Council members spoke convincingly on their reasons for supporting or opposing

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