See can­di­dates who want to see big money gone

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A Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land poll showed that 96 per­cent of us blame big money donors for the dys­func­tion of our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. With the gen­eral elec­tion ap­proach­ing, vot­ers should con­sider which can­di­dates sup­port re­forms that will in­crease trust in our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

Bad court de­ci­sions like Cit­i­zens United have granted cor­po­ra­tions and unions con­sti­tu­tional rights that threaten our democ­racy. The dark money sys­tem is a hid­den rea­son be­hind the ridicu­lous par­ti­san pol­i­tics we see in the news.

I’m part of an all-vol­un­teer group called Get Money Out that’s work­ing for a badly needed con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to over­turn these de­ci­sions. The state leg­is­la­ture can pass a res­o­lu­tion to work with other states to ei­ther force Congress to pro­pose the amend­ment or let the states work to­gether to do it them­selves. Such a res­o­lu­tion passed in the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates last March on a bi­par­ti­san vote of 94-42, but it died in the Se­nate.

Dels. Michael Jack­son (D-Calvert, Prince Ge­orge’s) and Susie Proc­tor (D-Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s) co-spon­sored the res­o­lu­tion, and Ja­son Fowler has joined 90 other can­di­dates in a pledge to sup­port this type of res­o­lu­tion if elected. You can go to www. GetMoneyOutMD.org to see who has taken this pledge, and can­di­dates can fill out the pledge form from the web­site.

Wil­liam Peil, Dunkirk

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