April 12, 2013
The influx of anonymous corporate money into our elections is one of the critical issues of our time.
Citizens United vs. FEC has allowed what seems very clearly to be disproportionate influence for non-voting entities in elections. As corporate interests and those of voters do not align, I believe it is noxious to our democratic process.
Companies deserve the right to stand for their interests, but not without restriction and not anonymously. Shareholders of a publicly-traded company and the public deserve to know what sort of moves a corporation makes to this end.
Money was ruled to be "corporate speech" but corporations also have the benefit of public speech through press releases and other things more comparable to speech. Money as anonymous speech is given to citizens too, but their rights in this regard have restrictions and reporting requirements. Don't give corporations more rights than people.
Thank you for your consideration.