I’m shocked by the amount of money spent on the recent election, especially the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by corporations.
To the editor:
I’m shocked by the amount of money spent on the recent election, especially the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by corporations. Not long ago, we passed a law to keep corporate money out of our elections. Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass that law, known as “McCain-Feingold,” and President George W. Bush signed it.
Thank you for your recent coverage of the Disclose Act, currently pending in Congress, which would require campaign ads to identify who’s paying for them. The Disclose Act is important, but focusing only on disclosure misses the larger point – the limitless sums of money, hundreds of millions of dollars in the latest cycle, that corporations can now spend on these campaign ads. Thanks to an absurd ruling by the Supreme Court, which declared this year that corporations have the same free-speech rights as people. It’s absurd. Corporations aren’t people. But they just spent hundreds of millions of dollars as if they were.
We’ve just seen the enormous impact of that decision, and we can’t let it continue. We’ll have to set the court and the country straight again with a constitutional amendment that makes one thing clear: Free speech and other constitutional rights are for people, not corporations. Corporations and the Supreme Court are out of control. If the court won’t respect the democratic process we use to pass laws, we’ll have to rein them in with a constitutional amendment.