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4/27/2012 9:57:00 PM
Letter: 'Money talks' ruling is just plain wrong


Bravo to our Sen. John McCain for recently putting some well-placed labels on a 2010 decision by U.S. Supreme Court that has resulted in even more buying of politicians. The court ruled that money is speech and corporations are people. So people or corporations with the most money are given the loudest voice to influence elections and government. Can you believe it?

Sen. McCain called the court's decision "a combination of arrogance, naiveté and stupidity." He went on to say, "There will be huge scandals because there's too much money washing around, too much of it we don't know who's behind it, and there's too much corruption associated with that kind of money."

Congress or the president can't simply change this decision. We are stuck with it unless "we the people" bring strong grassroots pressure on Congress and state legislatures to amend the constitution. It's been done five times in the last 48 years. It can be done. It must be done. There's a growing national movement to amend. It needs our support.

Thank you, Sen. McCain, for telling it like it is.

Loring Cannon


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

Wait a minute, I thought unions were corporations? Has my right wing media been lying to me?

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

Let's be clear on what an amendment would do. It would inform the courts on how to make rulings. Even if the language only mentions corporations, they certainly will, during some case, rule that the amendment applies to other legal fictions such as unions. I don't think there's any need to worry that it will favor demublicans over republicrats.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: John Rollo

Oh my gosh it's those terrible unions that screw up the whole system. Lets get rid of the unions because we know we're in good hands with corporate america. They've always put the best interest of their employees first.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Naturally, financial restrictions should only apply to Corporations or people who contribute to Republicans while UNIONS would of course be excluded. The Dems would dry up and blow away without the union pandering.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: paula gize

Lyle is correct again. Time for total reform of our election process.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Cantlon

To J Madison & Lyle Sentiss, I mostly agree with you two and the letter writer. Some things, like the current political contribution situation, are just clearly mistakes almost everyone can see.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Blunt Truth

Loring: Here's a heads up. Corporations are simply seperate legal entities owned and controlled by people. You might want to think about that. And let me take a wild guess, you have no problem at all with leftist labor unions making poltical contributions because they are contributing to the "correct" side.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: J. Madison

An amendment on campaign finance consistent with the principles of the Declaration and the Constitution would only allow those who can actually cast a vote to contribute and only up to a specific amount (to preclude any one person from buying the position or issue). This would mean people, not corporations or unions or nonprofits or 527s or any other "entity", could contribute to campaigns. Of course, others would be free to spend their money in an effort to persuade on issues. Also, this amendment would make laws of fraud and defamation applicable to campaign ads and what those campaigning for office say.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Agree Mr. Pokas. The McCain - Finegold bill worked well for labor unions and progressive programs and added a lot of leftist money to politics. The Supreme Court ruling regarding corporations now adds a lot of money to benefit politicians, and with a nod to conservative candidates. While I can agree there is too much money in politics, a "political" solution is out of the question as each side wants the advantage.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Michael Phillips

McCain is correct and so are you Loring. The most appalling aspect is allowing contributors to remain anonymous. Giving foreign governments( Iran, China et al ) and Columbian drug cartels as well as others the ability to influence elections annonymously seems unwise and destructive to our way of life. Full disclosure should be required

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Zig E.

McCain is absolutely right on this one. And, contrary to what Hokas thinks, most Americans agree that the Citizens United ruling was one of the most destructive rulings to ever be handed down by the "supreme ones ". And they get lifetime appointments ! What a joke.

Time for a constitutional convention.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Lyle Sentiss

Hokas you are correct, John McCain is well past the point where he should have thrown in the towel.

Here is an EZ way to fix campaign contributions, it is a law that could be written on a postcard:

"Candidates may receive any amount of money from any source during a period not to exceed 90 days from the date of the election under the following conditions:

1. Candidates may only receive money from individuals who are registered to vote within the jurisdiction of the office they are running for election.

2. Corporations, businesses, labor unions, and organizations with HQ's in the jurisdiction may contribute any amount of money they wish to any candidate if they do not hold government contracts and are not receiving any type of government payment in any form.

3. No foreign or non-USA campaign donations may be accepted under any circumstance.

4. All campaign donations amounts and name of donors will be made public immediately.

5. Any campaign donations made and not spent by the candidate during a 90 election cycle will be relinquished to the general fund of the political entity for which the office being sought within 10 days after the election is certified whether the candidate wins or loses the election.

Political Action Committees (PAC) and similar may collect and advertise in a support of any candidate without restriction, although the name of any candidate or political party may not be mentioned in any advertising on public airwaves or public event.

These simple rules would clean up our elections and take the money incentive out. Right now if BHO decides not to run he would walk away with $100's of millions in campaign donations (i.e.bribes) without recourse.

The system needs changing.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: We're Doomed

Hokas, reducing the size of government is a good thing but it won't solve the problem of buying politicians. It wil just mean fewer of them to buy.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Button Square Pants

I'm not for life long politicians, but if there's that politician who's been there forever and he's doing more than the other percentage, then I'm all for people like Senator McCain... Get rid of the (people) who sit around and do nothing to help our Country, keep those in office who are actually doing something and taking the brunt of all the work to be done.

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

Senator McCain, with all do respect, should retire.

Money and politics go hand in hand. Money always has and always will find its way into politics.

If we reduce the size and scope of the government the efforts to "buy politicians" would be negated.

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