Public financing and truth in campaigns

By Craig Dunkerley

Your recent editorial (Oct. 5) about the deluge of campaign spending by corporations and wealthy special interests unleashed by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision highlights one of the most serious threats to our democracy: Those with the most money get the most free speech. America's for sale to the highest bidder.

Before the Supreme Court went brain-dead and blind to the ravages that would be wrought by big oil, big insurance and big banks, things were bad; now they're horrendous. Voters can't even tell who's funding the onslaught; they're all anonymous. Experience has proved the cure to be twofold: 1. Public financing of campaigns, currently before Congress as the Fair Elections Now Act; and 2. Truth in political advertising, which no sane person could be opposed to, and for which support is rapidly expanding. Let's just hope it's not too late.

See the article on San Jose Mercury News website

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