October 4th, 2016
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
With the U.S. presidential election in full-swing, money in politics is a hot topic, as more people wake-up to the fact that our so-called representatives are beholden to big money and special interests. The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling in 2010 essentially opened the floodgates for political spending by corporations, unions and the wealthy, where unlimited amounts of money could be spent on political activities, as long as it happened independently of a candidate or party. This in turn resulted in a deluge of cash aimed at super PACs, which are only slightly independent of the candidates they support. Another ill-effect of the ruling is that much of the funding doesn’t need to be publicly disclosed — in other words, it’s “dark money.”
In truth, Citizens United is just the tip of the iceberg. If we truly want a government by and for the people, we need to address the entire problem, not just one highly publicized aspect. We also have to shift our thinking, from one of anger about corruption to a focus on empowerment. A small, but steady movement is underway doing just that, which has everyone, from Congressmen to average citizens and nonpartisan anti-corruption organizations, mobilizing — and making impressive strides.
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