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June 4, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let voices be heard on campaign reform

STILLWATER, Okla. — Deanna Homer

Stillwater

To the editor:

Much of the time, whatever the Supreme Court is doing off in D.C. doesn't really impact our lives here in Oklahoma. But when the Supreme Court destroyed limits on spending in our elections in the Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings, it made a huge impact on our lives.

Now that corporations can give unlimited amounts to influence elections and wealthy donors can give millions directly to parties and candidates, everyday Americans are paying a price.

We pay it when our elected officials are more responsive to donors than constituents. We pay it when our representatives create huge tax loopholes for their corporate donors, and we pay it when lax regulations endanger our health and security.

Finally, we can do something about it. People in towns and cities across the country are advancing resolutions through their city and town councils and state legislatures that declare support for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, challenge corporate power, and eliminate unlimited campaign spending.

In Congress, the Senate is taking up a vote on a constitutional amendment and holding a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committe. Join me in telling Senators Inhofe (1-202-224-4721) and Coburn (1-202-224-5754) to support that amendment. It's time to take back government for the people.

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