Letters to the Editor

Urges voters to ask candidates about money in politics

Last spring I was among over 100 volunteers in Whatcom County choosing to use our spare time to try passing I-1329, the ballot initiative to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United ruling. We asked folks on the street “Would you like to get money out of politics? Do you think that corporation should have the same constitutional rights as human persons?”

Many people agreed that large sums of money spent by corporations have bought our representatives and ruined our elections. More than 11,000 Whatcom County voters, from a range of ages and backgrounds, signed this initiative. I hope that now during this campaign, you will demand that candidates let voters know how they feel about this important issue.

Most problems we face today from health care, environment, minimum wage, predatory lending, stem from too much corporate power. Federal and state congressional representatives may have an opportunity to vote on the issue of corporate personhood in the future and we must know how they stand.

We have the power to shape the future. Attend one of the many candidate forums offered between now and election day, and ask each candidate if a U.S. constitutional amendment that says corporations are not people and money is not the equivalent of speech comes to our legislature would you support and vote for it. Then, don’t forget to vote, and vote thoughtfully.

Debbie Cantrell