Be sure to open up your Needham Times today–it features a letter to the editor from Article 23 author Stacie Shapiro, and an op-ed by Jim Miara about the Town Meeting vote, “Citizens United” and community engagement. We will be sure to post links to these when they are available online!
On Jan. 21, the nation marked the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a decision that enabled corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence federal and state elections. As the 2012 election season ramps up, so will the corporate, union and special interest financing of political advertising.
With the proliferation of SuperPACS and 501(c) organizations, major donors funding election advertising remain unidentified to the voters.
Although it has been fairly quiet here in Massachusetts so far, the 2012 campaign is already being highly influenced by enormous amounts of money.
As voters, what can we in Needham do?
§ First, ask every candidate at every level of government for his or her position on campaign finance reform.
§ Second, visit opensecrets.org for reliable information for following the money in races in your district and around the country.
§ Third, question every political advertisement you see or hear.
§ Finally, support grassroots efforts at the local, state and national level to limit corporate and special interest funding of elections.
Help make democracy work — cast an informed vote!
President, League of Women Voters of Needham