Campaign Finance

Campaign Finance

Undoing Citizens United and Rescuing Democracy

Most people realize that our nation is politically divided more now than in any recent time in history. Why? It is Citizens United that has Divided Us. Ever since Citizens United was put in place those with the most money and resources have been able to purchase the policies and policy makers that serve them the most, not the middle class or the American workers. They are able to use modern platforms to spread propaganda full of lies to divide the American people. This is not a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. This has created an Oligarchy – Oligarchy is from the Greek word oligarkhes, and it means “few governing.” Three of the most well-known countries with oligarchies are Russia, China, and Iran. Other examples are Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and apartheid South Africa.

We will never achieve the progressive changes that the majority of our country approve of and support until we get all of this dirty money out of our politics and government practice. I support the American Anti-Corruption Act which will undo Citizens United.

In the last election, Super PACs raised and spent more than $1.1 billion in “dark money” to influence elections. And Super PACs don’t have to reveal how much individuals gave or how the money was spent.  That 2010 Supreme Court decision made Super PACs possible.

Some 80 percent of people polled in 2010 OPPOSED the Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case, which was handed down on a party-line vote.  But the decision is now the law of the land.  It will continue to poison the essence of democracy, unless a constitutional amendment makes unlimited political donations illegal.

Why do billionaires and the companies they run contribute so much to ensure certain candidates are elected and others are defeated? Because they expect a return on their investment in politicians. And last year they scored big when the Republicans passed the “Tax Scam Bill” that reduced corporate taxes from 35 percent to 21 percent, a windfall of billions of dollars for CEOs and stockholders. In addition, income tax rates for individuals disproportionately benefited the top 1 percent of taxpayers (who fund Super PACs) giving them additional spending money of $50,000 a year while the bottom 20 percent (who DON’T fund Super PACs) received a paltry $60 a year. The $1.5 trillion cost of this debt-exploding tax cut will mean less money for vital services that lower and middle class taxpayers rely on in the 11th Congressional District.  

Our campaign finance system is broken. If we don’t fix it, we will lose our democracy and the people will have no real representation in our government. We must implement the tools necessary to protect our political and electoral integrity threatened by special interest groups and wealthy individuals.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the American Anti-Corruption Act.

If my vision reflects your vision, Please VOTE for PHILLIP G. PRICE, US House of Representatives.  Working together, our vision can become reality.