Letter: Sign petition for Senate resolution
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I hear complaints about corporations that are pouring unlimited and unidentified dollars into the our elections.
These ads are corporate money acting to swing public opinion with distortions toward candidates they want, designed to promote their agenda. It’s anti-democratic, but thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United, we are left with this super-sized loophole in our Constitution. Is this the America we want?
I call on citizens to study S.J. Resolution 33: “A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution … to expressly exclude for-profit corporations from the rights given to natural persons … prohibit corporate spending in all elections, and affirm the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations and to regulate and set limits on all election contributions and expenditures.” You can get information about this at the sponsor’s website: http://www.sanders.senate.gov. If you agree with this simple, straightforward strengthening of democracy, sign the petition.
Sanders’ amendment will not affect your taxes or limit your liberty. But, it will make politicians take notice of the real voice of democracy, yours.
I call on Washington U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to co-sponsor this constitutional amendment. Step out in front of this issue and step up for democracy.