An Issue We Can All Agree On: the undue influence of special interest money

March 5, 2013
Meri Christensen

Over the last 127 years, our Supreme Court has slowly given Constitutional rights to corporations.  In 1976, two important decisions made; first, political money is equivalent to speech; second, advertising is free speech.  Our democracy is threatened by the influence of the wealthy, corporations, and unions.  Their financial leverage is felt through campaign propaganda smearing their opponent’s political ideology.

Weeks before the February primary I began seeing television ads for Supreme Court candidate, Patience Roggensack, sponsored by the Club for Growth, a highly conservative PAC.  This is a nonpartisan race, as it should be.  Our justices should not be influenced by money in their decision-making; yet, we have an incumbent judge being endorsed by a political PAC.

Our state has been torn apart by the mining bill.  Not only did the mining company write the legislation, but also many influential lawmakers received sizable campaign handouts from special interests that support mining deregulation.  The contributions to legislators and campaign committees ranged from $51,000 - $467,000.

Our state is divided on many political issues, but one that I think we can all agree on is that we, the people, want to have our representatives make decisions without the undue influence of special interest money. Please support Move to Amend, a nationwide, nonpartisan group working to get the money out of politics and elections.

On April 2 Fort Atkinson and Whitewater residents will have the opportunity to Vote YES on a referendum to get the money out of politics.

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