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Letter: Kudos to McCain for AGs for pushing high courton 'Citizens United'

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Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012 8:58 am

Kudos to John McCain! And kudos to the bipartisan group of attorneys general from 22 states and the District of Columbia who recently filed an “unsolicited brief” with the Supreme Court, asking them to “reconsider” it’s decision in the “Citizens United” ruling it handed down in 2010.

They have seen the torrent of special interest money being funneled by billionaires and mega-corporations into this fall’s election and it’s corrupting influence is beyond dispute! Something is always expected in return!

Most recent polls show almost two-thirds of Americans are opposed to the Citizen’s United decision and nearly half are strongly opposed. “Eighty-one percent believe there is too much money spent on political campaigning and that there should be reasonable limits on campaign contributions,” according to a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll.

How refreshing to see members of both parties decide to take action together, in the hope their efforts will lead to a reconsideration by the conservative majority that handed down this horrendous and “anti-democratic” decision!

Democracy demands that voters be assured their political candidates are NOT beholden to billionaires and mega- corporations seeking favorable tax treatment or preferential treatment on matters of commerce!

Imagine, over 60 percent of the money spent in support of Scott Walker in his recall campaign came from out of state!

I seem to recall the United Nations, with U.S. support, sending teams of neutral observers to Third World nations if their national elections have “the appearance” of corruption, undue influence or voter suppression.

Maybe we need to petition the U.N. to monitor our future elections?

Rod Livdahl


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