Carole Stark: State law more important now
The Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision last week is
appalling. It isn't as if we don't already have big money
dictating the political process.
Now the court has removed caps and big money can just flow
into the coffers of federal candidates. A recent NPR
program stated that politicians spend 40 percent of their
time raising money. I think dissenting Judge Stephen Breyer
said it best: This "decision eviscerates our nation's
campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of
dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy
that those laws were intended to resolve."
When money calls the tune, we the people will not be heard.
And I am not sure we are heard anymore. This makes the
issue of transparency even more crucial and California has
two laws ready to be passed addressing this: Senate Bill 27
and SB 52. These laws require that those organizations or
donors paying for political ads be fully disclosed so that
we know who is trying to buy votes. State Sen. Anthony
Cannella is in support. Call your senator and tell them to
vote "yes." It is an important start.
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