Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Absolute political campaign reform crucial in OWS proposed grievances

We, at LaredoTejas, agree with the priority that the "99 Per Cent" is placing on reforming the current, broken system of funding political campaigns. Elected representatives are now beholden to their top donors and assorted lobbyists and not to the people who elect them.

Also, the recent Supreme Court ruling Citizens United  has further driven the real power in elections towards the vested, monied interests. In as much, The 99 Per Cent Declaration hits the nail right on the head in requesting the following in regards to political campaign reform.

From The 99 Per Cent Declaration:

1. Implementing an immediate ban on all private contributions of money and gifts, to all politicians in federal office, from Individuals, Corporations, Political Action Committees, Super Political Action Committees, Lobbyists, Unions and all other private sources of money to be replaced by the fair and equal public financing of all federal political campaigns. We categorically REJECT the concept that money is equal to free speech because if that were so, then only the wealthiest would have a voice. These actions must be taken because it has become clear that politicians in the United States cannot regulate themselves and have become the exclusive representatives of corporations, unions and the very wealthy who spend vast sums of money on political campaigns to influence the candidates’ decisions and ensure their reelection year after year.

2. The immediate reversal, even if it requires a Constitutional Amendment, of the outrageous and anti-democratic holding in the "Citizens United" case by the Supreme Court, which equates the payment of money by corporations, wealthy individuals and unions to politicians with free speech. We, the People, demand that institutional bribery and corruption not be deemed protected speech


  1. Watch, then take action: http://storyofstuff.org/citizensunited/

  2. Us congressman Henry Cuellar has had 63 count 63 FEC queries into
    His campaign finance reports!!! More than any other congressman!!

  3. At least he's consistent.