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Time for Campaign Reform

In North Carolina a non-profit group has taken to the air to tip the balance in favor of Republicans. This type of campaigning, or under the law called electioneering communications, should be outlawed. All corporate contributions to the election process needs to be outlawed and has been a subject of contention for over a century. In a 1905 annual message to Congress Teddy Roosevelt stated, ” All contributions by corporations to any political committee for any political purpose should be forbidden by law; directors should not be permitted to use stockholders money for such purposes; and moreover a prohibition of this kind would be as far as it went, and effective method of stopping the evils aimed at in corrupt acts.”

 

The Taft-Harley Act of 1947 totally prohibited the campaign finance by corporations and unions. After the Supreme Courts decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, the flood gates were opened, allowing corporations to influence the election process. This decision essentially looked at the corporation as a person and allowing them to sway the elections with their unlimited funds. This renders the average citizen powerless, since most of our citizens don’t have the funds to match a corporate entity.  You don’t see Tom Rothman pouring in a lot of money for something like that. The decision by the Supreme Court in Citizens United is flawed on many levels but the most important being a non-voter being allowed to monetarily influence an election.