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Letter: Big money

January 27, 2014

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To the editor:

It’s been over four years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United decision that allowed unions, corporations and associations to spend unlimited amounts in elections, provided that they don’t coordinate their efforts with a candidate. Even before the Citizens United decision, big-money donors found loopholes to have greater influence over members of Congress. Now, candidates spend too much time courting wealthy donors rather than voters just to keep up with the vast amounts of money spent on elections. In at least 36 House and Senate races in 2012, more money was spent during the general election by outside groups than by the candidates themselves.

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Gerald Kerr 2 months, 3 weeks ago

There are ways to decrease special interest influence on our national politicians. 1. Term limits for Congress just like those imposed on the executive branch. 2. Limitation of retirement benefits for those Pols who become lobbyist's when they leave public service. 3. Elimination of tax deductions for Corporate spending on all lobbying efforts. 4. Reduce the nesting of special interests and politicians in D.C. by requiring representatives to live in the state they represent and reduce the time spent in D.C. legislative session to no more than 20 weeks per year except in times of declared war. 5. Signed contract by candidates before election that if elected they will forfeit large fraction of retirement benefits if spouse or adult children become lobbyists. 6. Reduce the obscene retirement benefits for elected officials across the board.

America is being sold and the bill of rights is being sold to special interests by corrupt and ambitious legislators who get ahead by making laws for the few to the detriment of the many. The Supreme Court has ruled that corporate entities are as individuals regarding their right to lobby their representatives. Representatives must be forced by their constituents to reduce their propensity to sell laws and pieces of the bill of rights for their own gain. This can be done. This must be done if liberty is to flourish once again in this great country.

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Bart Johnson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Easiest way to get rid of corrupt politicians, campaign donations and the influence of Big Money is to get rid of the government.

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