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Letter: Remove money's corrupting influence from politics

Published: Monday, June 27, 2016 11:14 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

More than any election in recent history, the corrupting influence of big money in politics and making sure our democracy works for everyday Americans has become a hot-button issue in the 2016 race. And rightly so.

Democracy works when every voice is heard and every vote counted. But with the sky-high price to run for office and restrictive voting laws being passed by states all over the union, we are shutting too many Americans out of the process and impeding our democracy from working at its best.

This out-of-balance system fails to address the needs and concerns of everyday Americans. Representatives should be looking out for their community rather than for wealthy campaign donors. Until they do, we will continue to have bank bailouts, environmental degradation and obstructionism.

That’s why I’m asking U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Mark Kirk to stand on the side of democracy by signing the Equal Voice for All Declaration, which reads: “Our government should be free from the corrupting influence of big money in politics and solely dependent upon the People. I declare my support for pro-democracy, anti-corruption reforms, including voting rights protections, citizen-funded elections and a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.”

These are words that, I believe, an overwhelming majority of Americans support. It’s time we heard from our representatives.

Rhonda Parsons


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