Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Democratic Treat

We don't have to look very far to find some spooky stuff in America this Halloween weekend. A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office found that the distribution of wealth in America has grown increasingly uneven over the past thirty years, and huge corporations are pouring more money than ever into political campaigns to influence our election cycle. The National Institute on Money in State Politics found that independent expenditures grew 28-fold in Iowa alone after the Citizens United Decision. Scary stuff.

Luckily, people are stepping up to the plate to fight back against shadowy corporations in the political arena. On Wednesday the 26th, the chair of the New York City Campaign Finance Board wrote an editorial in a New York City newspaper stressing the need to disclose independent expenditures. The article, which can be found here, shows how individuals who see campaign disclosure first-hand recognize the necessity for stricter laws.

Also, a recent Huffington Post article reported the growing movement for clearer disclosure laws in response to Citizens United. According to the article, an increasing number of citizens have made campaign finance a priority and are determined to fight for fairer, freer elections.

The floodgates were unleashed for moneyed interests to push their agenda after Citizens United, but Americans are acting in response. Fed up with the inequality and distortion of American democracy, citizens all over are fighting for their voices to be heard. How's that for a treat this Halloween?

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