When an overwhelming majority of Americans–regardless of their political leanings–in poll after poll show that they are sick of the campaign funding system we have, suspicious of the government it creates, critical of the ‘Citizens United’ ruling, and supportive of a Constitutional Amendment to start to fix all of this…
Town Meeting’s upcoming vote on Article 23 is about the most un-controversial action we can take!
Though the policies and the legalese can become complex, at the end of the day, the issue is simple: corporations–economic entities with a legalistic ‘personhood’ structure–are not people, and are not protected by the Bill of Rights.
When the highest bidder can buy our elections, your single vote counts less and less. Our ability to decide what we want for our town–our local control of our priorities and values–is undermined at the very foundation.
Our forefathers left England to escape a system where the aristocracy controlled everyone’s fates. But we have allowed that same scenario to be recreated in our campaign financing system, and Citizens United just made it worse.
The politicians who are now enslaved to the corrupting system cannot be relied on to advance the changes we need. It has to start with the People.
Let’s do this!
See you Monday.
“Money in politics is not a distraction from the economy, it is the economy.”
New poll, findings as summarized by CampaignMoney.org
- Money in politics is not a distraction from the economy, it is the economy. For ordinary Americans, this is not an either/or proposition; it is not question of addressing money in politics at the expense of talking about pocketbook problems. Voters believe that Washington is so corrupted by big banks, big donors, and corporate lobbyists that it no longer works for the middle class.
- Voters feel strongly about reducing the influence of big money in politics and there is broad-based support to alternatives to the current system. Voters are supportive of small-donor matching systems with limited public financing and support common sense restrictions on what corporations and wealthy donors can spend on politics.
- Voters will strongly support candidates — from both political parties — who seize this issue. Voters do not currently trust either party to tackle money in politics. All voters, and swing voters in particular, strongly support candidates who are willing to take on money in politics as a serious campaign issue. In fact, more than a third of all voters make this a litmus test for their support.
See more here.
Many people look on successful candidates as being bought and paid for by whomever gave the most money.
To make representative government work the way the framers designed it, elected officials must owe their allegiance to the people,
not to the wealth of groups who speak only for selfish fringes of the whole community.
The public does not have any doubt about the power of money.
Every poll taken shows that the vast majority of Americans believe campaign spending is a very serious problem and that those who contribute large sums of money have too much influence over the government.
Our nation is facing a crisis of liberty if we do not control campaign expenditures.
We must prove that elective office is not for sale.
We must convince the public that elected officials are what James Madison intended us to be, agents of the sovereign people, not the hired hands of rich givers.
A Conservative Voice for Reform from Battles Past
68% of Republicans
82% of Independents
87% of Democrats
—would support a Constitutional Amendment that would overturn the Citizens United decision and make clear that corporations do not have the same rights as people.
Addressing these key questions of our democracy is not a partisan issue. It’s a “We the People” issue.