Letter: Campaign finance

May 9, 2014 

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. FEC, was issued earlier this month. The court ruled in favor of big money when it knocked down the established limits on total campaign contributions. These limits on total contributions from an individual donor to candidates and political committees had been designed to prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption.

The McCutcheon decision will result in more money and more influence in our election system. The limit on total individual contributions per cycle will jump from $117,000 to more than $3 million, stacking the deck even further in favor of the wealthiest Americans. Another loophole in campaign finance laws has opened, allowing political parties and PACs to become huge funnels for money - and that can corrupt elected officials across the country. As they say in criminal investigations - follow the money!

The McCutcheon decision means more power for big money and more corruption for the rest of us. I believe that the people need to fight to make every vote count and to give every eligible voter free and fair access to the polls.

Karen Winter, Caldwell

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