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Letters to the Editor

Money talks

February 9, 2010

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To the editor:

We know what gets in the way. For a Congress elected every two years, campaigning never stops. Campaigns cost money, and money comes with strings attached. It is simple: If you want to know how the congressman will vote, check out the money.

The constitutional idea that corporations are people is absurd, particularly when the Supreme Court justices who say so also say we must look to its original intent. Were the drafters thinking about corporations when they wrote the Constitution? We had few, and they were very different. There were no international or even national corporations in 1790. The invention of corporations that crossed state lines did not blossom for another hundred years. But there is no profit in that debate; that decision won’t change any time soon.

Still, regardless of what the Supreme Court says, we’re still in control. It is our votes the money is supposed to buy. Let’s refuse to sell. When corporate and other outside money comes in, it drowns out the local voices. When CitiCorp’s money is screaming, the representative is not listening to you.

So don’t vote for candidates who take money from outside their district. Don’t vote for candidates who take money from people who can’t vote for them. Why should outside money affect votes for our candidates? Corporations, even if they are “people,” still cannot vote. This is simple: Vote for the candidate who takes the least amount in contributions from “people” who cannot vote for them.

Comments

oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

And certainly an attorney would know that money talks.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

It's ironic that this LTE comes out today since the "...the king of pork-barrel spending..." the dishonorable John Murtha who called his constituents "rednecks" just died.

"CHARLEROI, Pa. -- U.S. Rep. John Murtha is calling many of the people who put him in office "rednecks."

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/politics/17764334/detail.html

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"Long before he became a national figure for his zealous opposition to the Iraq war, Rep. John P. Murtha was known to every research lab, military base and Defense Department bureaucrat as the go-to man if they needed taxpayer funding.

The congressman, who died Monday after 36 years in Congress, was the Democrats' top link to the Pentagon and the web of defense contractors that surround it, and, as his party's top man on the House defense spending subcommittee, he was the gatekeeper for an outsized chunk of the entire federal budget."

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/09/rep-murtha-dies-at-77-after-36-years-in-house/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_politics-government

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

According to the FEC, 62% of the traceable money Dear Leader raked in came from donations of $200.01 and higher. http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/mapApp.do?cand_id=P80003338 He owes his soul to the company store like every other politician.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

"Money doesn't talk, it swears."

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grammaddy 4 years, 2 months ago

Sounds good and levels the playing field for all.

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kansasmutt 4 years, 2 months ago

Cut campaign budgets to a max of $25,000.00 per candidate per election, no more that that can be used per election at the state level. Federal level , raise it to $500.000.00 and no more.

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grammaddy 4 years, 2 months ago

Most of his contributions from people were under $20. We the people paid for his election, NOT the big corporations.

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commuter 4 years, 2 months ago

OMG someone is actually wnating people to have personal choice??? Wait for it, I am waiting for people to start talking about money buys elections and yes it does. If you have enough mon ey you have advertise and sell your message. It is our responsibility as US citizens to go beyond the ads and decide who is the best person for the job.

By the way, Obama raised and outspent McCain by a huge margin but for most people on this board, he did not buy the election.

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