Readers' Write: "Billionaires, elections and all the trouble spots in-between"

December 11, 2016
James Herrick

For voters asking what can be done to keep billionaires from buying elections, Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections (MnCCE), which Sturdevant mentions, is one viable option. Another is Move to Amend. MTA is a national organization with several chapters throughout Minnesota and in all 50 states. Its goal is to amend the Constitution to reverse the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United that is being used to funnel unlimited billions of dollars through our political system.

Since MTA’s founding in 2010, 18 states and more than 600 municipalities across America are on record petitioning Congress to draft such an amendment. MTA in Minnesota is a grass-roots effort to persuade our Legislature to have Minnesota join this group.

When the public votes, support is consistently better than 80 percent to amend. Republican and Democrat voters both want to see reform. But for our legislators, it is often a conflict of interest. In January, our Legislature will convene and a resolution will be introduced by Sen. John Marty. If you wish to help take our democracy back from the billionaires, here are three simple things you can do:

1) Call your state representatives and encourage their support for Marty’s bill.

2) Join MnCCE and lend your support.

3) Go to, review the petition and sign your name. Nearly 10,000 Minnesotans have signed so far, but more can only help.

James Herrick, Lauderdale

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