In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case called Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have the right to spend unlimited money influencing elections to ensure that their interests are the ones our politicians are concerned about.
This comes at the expense of the interests of the American people. Now corporations are using hundreds of millions of dollars to buy our elections and, consequently, are drowning out the voices of average Americans.
They don't even have to disclose their identities, hiding behind the Super PACs that were created to fund political campaigns.
We must restore our democracy and not have our voices be diminished anymore. We have the right to know who is funding a political candidate.
Our elections should be free and fair for effective self government, not corruption in government controlled by corporations.
Many people are fighting back against this corporate takeover of the federal government. There have been many resolutions presented to city councils asking for an amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling. Several have passed and there are politicians in Washington, D.C., who are in favor of an amendment.
This is not a political issue. It is an American issue.
If you would like to show your support for reversing Citizens United, go to movetoamend.org and sign the petition. A resolution has been drafted locally to present to the Walla Walla City Council. If you would like to sign the local petition in support of this resolution, go to change.org/petitions/overturn-citizens-united-2.
Pamela K. Elliott