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Voters must take back country in November

June 11, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee convened to consider a constitutional amendment to restore the power of Congress to regulate campaign finance by imposing spending limits.

The current controversy over unlimited funding by billionaires is very much at the heart of this heated debate. Simply stated it is a war between Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) supporting unlimited billionaire funding and Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) opposing it on the basis that the voice of everyday working Americans cannot complete if "money equals free speech" with all the benefits of the First Amendment rights.

This in itself begs the question can money be speech? This a hot issue in an election year to say the least, both sides will not move a bill like this forward. It is only a hope to stir up their respective bases to vote and voter turnout is imperative to a win in 2014.

The need for this discussion for change has been caused by two U.S. Supreme

Court decisions:

- Citizens United that stated Corporations = People.

- Money = 1st Amendment with all the rights of "freedom of speech.

Many constitutional scholars see this amount of unlimited funds as simply the ability to buy elections, thus negating the rights of "We the People" to choose our representatives.

Money equals Unlimited Power and Corruption!

We, the voters, as the voice of the people must take back our country in 2014. 2016 could be too late.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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