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Letter: Politics -- Unlimited funds create unfairness

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Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012 8:47 am

It was refreshing to see a Republican, especially one as prominent as our own Sen. John McCain come out and call the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision as, "one of the worst decisions I have ever seen."

He went on to say, "I predict to you that there will be huge scandals associated with this huge flood of money."

Newspapers and editorialists across the nation are speaking out in increasing numbers, calling for something to be done to end the potential for corruption that is inevitable when unlimited money is simply "thrown" at candidates for political office.

Froma Harrop, a member of the editorial board at the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, and president of the Association of Opinion Journalists recently noted, "Every day we go into our offices and write prescriptive editorials trying to solve problems. We've been writing about these same problems year after year after year, and you're wondering why they're not being solved. And very often the reason they're not being solved is because someone is basically being paid off."

The Raleigh News and Observer editorial board noted it's concern when it wrote, "What possible chance will reformers and regulators have when industries that want to eliminate regulation or enjoy big tax breaks are like ATM machines with no limits on withdrawals? The answer: no chance."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently called on Obama to, "wake up the sleeping watchdog that is the Federal Election Commission. There are few issues facing the country more important than the integrity of elections."

Rod Livdahl


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