Actress/activist Kathleen Turner has described the U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United decision as having anti-feminist as well as anti-democratic effects. She laments women raise enough money to run for office and, of course, politicians must always check first with the Koch Brothers to get their voting instructions.
First, if women can’t get enough campaign donations, maybe she should take to task the 17 left-leaning organizations that dominate the top-25 donor list. Shouldn’t the left be fixing their horrible injustice? We’re always led to believe Republicans have a war on women and Democrats are their champions. Champions, alleged. Financiers, it appears, not.
Second, If Citizens United has given corporate donors too much influence, no need to worry about the Koch Brothers; your elected officials have to get their marching orders from 48 others who give more before the Koch’s get their turn. Stops 1 thru 6 all donate 99 percent Democrat and includes three unions. Should we still fear for the Republic Ms. Turner?
The fight against corporate donations is much like gun control. In order to stop influence peddling the law-abiding many will have their liberties taken to stop the criminal few. Consider, why is the donor always the culprit? Maybe we should start looking at who we elect, where they get their money from, and how they vote. We don’t need a constitutional amendment or more laws to fix this. We need reputable politicians and informed, engaged and vocal citizens to monitor them.
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Paul Zabbo, Shiloh