Voters deserve to know who's funding our elected leaders
September 27, 2012
The Virginian-Pilot editorializes, "When the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that businesses and organizations are entitled to the same constitutional rights to political speech as people, campaign watchdogs worried that the ruling would eventually result in elected offices bought and sold by corporations and unions. It didn't take long. Through the weekend, outside spending - by corporations, unions, nonprofits, trade associations, super PACs - totaled $465 million in the current election cycle."
Progressive Point: Voters deserve to know who's funding our elected leaders and why. Citizens United lets big corporations spend unlimited amounts of money--in secret and without accountability--so politicians answer to them instead of voters. We've lost our way when corporations are people, money is free speech, and politicians are for sale to the highest bidder.
We've already seen the outcome: big corporations get massive taxpayer handouts, gut safety regulations, and take away the rights of workers--while sticking our families with the bill. Working Virginians won't get a fair shot until we have a government by and for all of us--not bought and paid for by Wall Street, Big Oil, and corporate lobbyists.
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