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Salt Lake City council ignores citizens on campaign finance reform

December 19, 2015

The amount of money in American elections is at an all-time high.  In 2012 more than $2 Billion was spent on Congressional campaigns alone, and this year will no doubt set a new record.  Most of this money is coming from big corporations, unions, and super-rich individuals.  A 2014 study by economists Gilens and Page found that, as a result, ordinary voters have virtually zero influence on public policy. The US public is well aware of its impotence.  Polls show that some 84% of Americans believe their voices don’t count and that there is too much money in election campaigns.

Salt Lake City passes campaign finance reform

December 9, 2015

In its last meeting of the year, the Salt Lake City Council followed through on its campaign-finance reform pledge by slashing contribution limits.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the council cut maximum contributions to a mayoral candidate from $7,500 to $3,500. It also reduced maximum donations to council candidates from $1,500 to $750. Those limits apply to individuals, as well as corporations, non-profits and unions.

The caps apply only to Salt Lake City. Utah state law contains no limits on campaign contributions.

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Writers on the Range: If corporations are people, what are they really like?

June 3, 2012

ExxonMobil spits out a gob of chewing-tobacco juice and taps a baseball bat against the cleats of its shoes, knocking off the dirt clods. Then "Exx 'Em" — as the fans like to call their slugger — steps into the batter's box and slams the first pitch over the center-field wall of Dodger Stadium.

Meanwhile, Victoria's Secret — who likes to be called Vikki — is elbow-deep in stinky compost in a Denver garden, preparing to plant zucchinis, while Yahoo sits alone in a Seattle park, getting high on marijuana to avoid thinking about how it lost so much market share to Google.

Group works to ready ballot initiative to curb corporations

April 3, 2012

Move to Amend Salt Lake, a group seeking to get a citywide initiative on November’s ballot as part of a national effort to curb corporate power, hit a snag late Thursday and might not have petitions to sign until the end of the month.

Volunteers must gather 7,141 valid voter signatures by the April 15 deadline, and Move to Amend Salt Lake organizer Ashley Sanders voiced frustration over continued delays from the City Recorders Office.