Elections that go to the highest bidder
If you get a chance, be sure to read Fannie Florio’s column in the Charlotte Observer in which she laments the the sad state of our politics and the depths to which things have fallen in the post-Citizens United world.
Lest you think, however, that reading it will simply be a depressing bummer, know that it actually does feature an upbeat conclusion. Here’s a sneak preview:
“’The whole process is getting turned into a money auction where having access to money is turning into the most important issue in deciding who wins… It was bad before. It’s much worse now’ [said Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina].
That brings me to something that happened on Election Day that got little notice. Two states, Colorado and Montana got voter support for resolutions urging that Citizens United be overturned. Those were the first statewide initiatives to do so.
They joined seven other states that have passed some kind of resolution announcing support for overturning the ruling. Also, majorities of legislators in Connecticut and Maryland have sent letters to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment opposing the ruling.”
Read the entire column by clicking here.