Government reform overdue
Editor: The public needs to be less apathetic and more informed.
Unfortunately, we can’t trust that politicians will work for our best interests. I am tired of politicians who think taxpayers have no right to know how campaign funds are spent or who actually finances them.
We’ve witnessed this locally with the pay-to-play scam by the now federally convicted former Scranton mayor. We also have witnessed it in our state government when a recent expose´ showed that $3.5 million of campaign funds were used for lavish trips and expensive gifts by members of both parties in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.
Brazenly, one of the members said that “it’s not taxpayers’ money, it’s money donated to the campaign.” He then placed an amendment into a bill that would have required voters to sue to get details of how this money is spent. Fortunately, the amendment was later withdrawn after public outrage. Who donates to a campaign is correlated to what legislation is passed or isn’t passed locally, statewide and federally and that directly affects taxpayers and their families.
We need politicians who will work for the interests of the people. We need a gift ban in Harrisburg and adoption of the Pennsylvania Anticorruption Act. We need to fix how national parties raise money in order to stop the influence of corporations.
I’m encouraged by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, who has not taken money from corporations or lobbyists. He takes contributions only from individual donors, regular working Americans who have had enough of a broken system that doesn’t represent them. I will be happy to see his commitment to public election reform once in office.
GEMMA ROSATO SCRANTON