The danger of undue corporate influence isn’t only for national elections.
Indeed, the biggest danger to our democracy might be at the local level.
A large developer seeking a change in a local zoning law, for example, could spend tens of thousands of dollars to influence a board of selectman race — small peanuts to the company, perhaps, but a substantial amount of money for that small local race.
A selectman who opposed the company could never compete financially with the flood of advertising.
Corporate lobbyists and other powerful special interests are now able to threaten public officials at all levels with the possibility of unending negative campaign ads if their agendas are not supported
— and the voices of ordinary citizens are at risk of being drowned out of the electoral process as a result.
–Massachusetts State Sen. Jamie Eldridge,
Metrowest Daily News