Letter to the editor: Revoke Citizens United decision

By DON FOY | La Farge

An April 10 article in the La Crosse Tribune reported that the Senate race for Tammy Baldwin’s seat may be the most expensive in history, and that is largely because of “unprecedented” money — more than double the amount spent on any other senate race — coming in from outside of Wisconsin to one of Baldwin’s Republican challengers, Kevin Nicholson.

And much of that is from one donor, Illinois billionaire Richard Uihlein, who early on funded political action committees that donated $3.5 million to Nicholson, and since have donated another $1.5 million. The billionaire Koch brothers have since funded more to Nicholson. Let’s face it: Big money in advertising doesn’t always win elections, but it often or even usually does.

A billion dollars is a thousand million. If you had “just” a billion dollars, 5 million would be 5 cents out of a dollar. If people with that kind of money are able to influence American elections without blinking, your vote and democracy are dead. It’s controlled by billionaires. And of course, in this kind of climate, Democrats try for the big money too — they have to— but generally they are outmatched by Republicans who want to keep the billionaires as their sponsors and won’t do anything to antagonize them. It’s a pattern. Follow it, and you’ll see which is the billionaires’ party. Vote to revoke the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, which allowed massive amount of money into politics.

Comments are closed.

  • Editorial cartoon

    October 4th, 2019
    by

    […]


    Editorial cartoon

    October 3rd, 2019
    by

    […]


    Letter to the editor: Trump and tariffs

    October 3rd, 2019
    by

    I met a friend from Gilman Township recently at a rural farm meeting where he expressed concern that President Trump’s continued and increased tariffs with China is hurting farmer’s income.


    Editorial cartoon

    September 13th, 2019
    by

    […]


    Your right to know: Abrahamson let the sunshine in

    August 28th, 2019
    by

    As Justice Shirley Abrahamson ends her tenure on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, after 43 years and more than 1,300 authored opinions, she leaves a rich legacy of legal scholarship, importantly including her support for government transparency.


  • Editorial cartoon

    August 28th, 2019
    by

    […]


    Letter to the editor: What will happen to state parks that don’t draw affluent, urban visitors?

    August 28th, 2019
    by

    In his most recent “E-Update,” Sen. Howard Marklein (17th District) touts alleged improvements to Wisconsin’s state parks, particularly Peninsula State Park, a unique park in Door County that is frequented by affluent visitors from Chicago and other urban centers.


    Letter to the editor: Urge Whitestown Town Board to deny variance for 5G tower

    August 15th, 2019
    by

    I would like to encourage residents of Whitestown Township to write the town board to deny Bug Tussel a variance on the tower to be built on Dutch Hollow Road.


    Letter to the editor: Law curbs local control over cell-tower siting

    August 15th, 2019
    by

    Concerned about Bug Tussel cell towers (for wireless internet)? Depending on authorities and zoning laws of town or village to protect you?


    Letter to the editor: Disaster recovery should never become political

    August 7th, 2019
    by

    After torrential rains and disastrous flooding devastated communities along the Elroy-Sparta and 400 bike trails, community leaders and state representatives rallied together to find solutions.


    Your right to know: Lawsuit put end to abusive practice

    July 11th, 2019
    by

    Wisconsin’s open records law applies to all records requests, big or small.


  • [Advertisement.]
  • Archives