Letter to the Editor

Don’t give up

League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County presidentApril 9, 2014 

In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions. Following on Citizens United, this decision opens the door even wider to the influence of big money in elections and on elected officials, and to the potential for undue influence and corruption.

The League of Women Voters is deeply disappointed in this decision. The problem of money in politics is complex and not easily solved. But now is not the time to lose heart and give up on our democratic system. Now is the time to remind ourselves that as citizens and voters we must be informed and involved. We must use our votes as best we can to offset the power of money.

Now more than ever, the League is committed to helping voters understand the issues at stake. Now more than ever, we will fight to make every vote count and give every eligible voter free and fair access to the polls. The only reliable response to a flood of money in our elections is a flood of voters at the polls. We urge everyone to study the issues, register and vote.

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