In reference to: “Money in politics destroys our democracy,” July 9.
It has become clear that big money spending by corporations in elections is a problem. Since the outcome of Citizens United, campaign spending has reached an all-time high; the top 32 super PAC donors in the 2012 election gave as much as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney raised from all of their small donors combined – that’s at least 3.7 million people giving less than $200 whose voices were overpowered by just 32 megadonors.
For too long, unaccountable special interests have had too much influence in our elections by virtue of the money they can spend. Campaign finance reform is important, in order to restrict campaign spending in elections. As bad as the problem has been historically, the new rules post-Citizens United has only made things worse, with often-unknown spenders breaking records every election cycle – 2014 is expected to be no exception.
That is why the constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United is so important. While winning a constitutional amendment to reclaim our democracy for ordinary citizens won’t be easy, it’s a fight worth having. And with 16 states and over 500 communities across the country already on record calling for an amendment, the momentum for victory is building. Tell your senator to stand up for their constituents, not special interests, in the upcoming vote, and don’t let your voice be drowned out.
Leslie Card, Montana Public Interest Research Group, Missoula