Originally Published: March 21, 2018 5:58 a.m.
We have read much recently about “dark money” contaminating our elections. Dark money is money that cannot be traced to its source. Prescott voters saw dark money at work in our local elections (Courier, Feb. 15, 2018, re: dark money attacks on Hrin and Wilcox). On Feb. 13, the Arizona House of Representatives passed HB2153. This bill would prohibit local governments from requiring disclosure of dark money sources in local elections. HB2153 is clearly a step in the wrong direction.
Roughly $6.5 billion was spent on the 2016 national elections. The Koch network alone plans to spend $400 million on upcoming midterm elections. All this was made possible by the infamous 2010 “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision advancing the spurious notion that money is speech and opened the door for unlimited bribery of our representatives. It is obvious that if money is speech only corporations and the super-rich will be heard. We have lost control of our elections.
It is time for we the people to regain control of our elections. We must work together to support and pass a constitutional amendment to clearly state that money is not speech and corporations are not persons. Move to Amend is a nationwide organization that is promoting this amendment (movetoamend.org). I urge all citizens to get involved. More than 500 state, city and municipal governing bodies across the country have already passed or are working on resolutions in support of this amendment.
Call the Prescott City Council members and urge them to pass a resolution in support of this amendment and help restore our democracy.