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Sun, June 16

Letter: Open, balanced elections

Editor:

I think we can all agree that our elections must be open to all qualified registered voters, free from tampering from any source, and free from the influence of dark money. What can we, as ordinary citizens, do to prevent the corruption by mega-corporations and international players who have a self-serving ulterior motive to influence the outcome of our elections?

We can support the Move to Amend, a national organization established to overturn Citizens United, which allows wealthy donors to contribute vast sums of money to political candidates without having to reveal their identities.

On Jan. 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government.

Supporters of Move to Amend reject the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. Information on this amendment is available at movetoamend.org.

On the statewide level, Outlaw Dirty Money will again be collecting signatures to put this issue on the ballot in November. If we want our elections to be decided by the people of Arizona and not by wealthy out-of-state donors who don’t have to identify themselves (i.e. Koch brothers), we need to sign on to get this initiative on the ballot.

Most importantly, as voters, we need to base our decisions on facts, not media hype. Too many “news” outlets are more concerned about ratings than the truth.

Nancy Scharff

Prescott Valley

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