Letter to the Editor

Open corruption

AtascaderoApril 9, 2014 

The Supreme Court’s decisions to declare that money in our elections is the same as free speech, and therefore can’t be regulated, raises other serious inequities when it comes to voting.

To begin with, the millionaire voter has more free speech than does an average voter. This gives the millionaire voter an advantage that the poorer, average voter can never match. Money equaling free speech means money can openly buy elections. One voter with $10 million can outspend 100 other voters who can only raise $500 for their candidate. This will not reflect the will of the people. It reflects only who has the biggest pockets.

This is open corruption. It blurs the voices of the people. Our elections are there to express the will of the majority. It should not allow and encourage open bribery.

Our Founding Fathers and the Constitution make it clear in Article II, Section 4: “The president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

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