Democracy in Crisis

May 10, 2012
Kaye Gamble

In January of 2010 the Supreme Court rendered a landmark decision known as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. This ruling allows corporations, multinational corporations, special interests and private money to give unlimited amounts to super PACS. Since Jan. 1, 2011, nearly $110 million — more than half the money raised by super PACs— came from just 46 people, businesses and organizations that donated at least $1 million each. These PACS have narrow ideological ideas. Most of the time, the candidate with the most money wins the election. This means that the super rich will choose the candidates. Who do you think the politicians will give their attention? They are going to give favors to those who provide the bulk of their funding. Politicians give favors such as allowing corporations to become monopolies forcing us to pay higher prices for products and services because there is no competition. These higher prices give the corporations extra money to lobby our Representatives and Senators and contribute to their campaigns. The “Citizens United” decision has opened the flood gates for millions and millions of dollars donated by a few who will control our elections and buy the candidates. Our federal, state and local elections are affected. Our democracy has been diminished. The Citizens United case leaves ordinary people isolated from the actual decision making. To remedy this destructive decision, a grass roots, nonpartisan group of Kane County citizens is circulating a petition to get an initiative on the ballot in the fall to limit the amount of money given to candidates. If you are a registered voter in Kane County, please go to movetoamendkane.org to find out how you can sign the petition or volunteer to get money out of politics. Don’t give up.