Thank you to all in Kane County who voted for the advisory question on Nov. 6 that called to amend the Constitution to limit the use of corporate, special interest and private money in any political activity, including influencing the election of any candidate for public office. The majority of voters in Kane County voted “yes” for the advisory question: 74.3 percent.
People voted “yes” to show their disgust for the enormous amounts of money in politics that corrupts our government through the richest among us buying influence from our politicians. It is projected that $6 billion will have been spent on all federal elections in 2012. No matter to what party we belong, most ordinary citizens are united in their disapproval of unlimited amounts of money being spent on elections. The Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United of Jan. 10, 2010, allows for corporations, millionaires, billionaires and unions to give unlimited amounts of money to super PACs.
How does this hurt us? It allows the corporations and super rich to be all powerful over the vulnerable and people who do ordinary things like buying cellphones, taking medicine, protecting their kids and trying to earn a decent wage in order to take care of their family.
As citizens of the United States, we are so proud to be living in a democracy; but the Supreme Court’s decision is allowing the moneyed interests to buy the United States of America. Illinois must join Montana, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland in calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will rid our country of this undemocratic decision.
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