Letter to the Editor: Electoral integrity must be safeguarded



As a concerned citizen, I feel compelled to address an issue that has been plaguing our democracy for far too long — the influence of big money in politics. As we approach the 14th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, it becomes increasingly clear that we must take action to safeguard the integrity of our electoral system.

The Citizens United ruling, while purportedly championing free speech, has, in reality, allowed wealthy special interests to exert an undue influence on our political landscape. The floodgates it opened to unlimited political spending have drowned out the voices of ordinary citizens, eroding the principles upon which our nation was founded.

Our democracy is meant to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. However, the current state of affairs allows a select few with deep pockets to disproportionately shape policies and decisions that impact us all. This is not the vision our founding fathers had for our great nation.

It’s time for our leaders to recognize the urgency of this issue and take decisive action to overturn Citizens United. We need comprehensive campaign finance reform that ensures a level playing field for all citizens, regardless of their financial standing. By limiting the influence of big money, we can restore the true essence of democracy — a system where every voice matters.

I urge our elected officials to prioritize the well-being of our democracy over the interests of wealthy donors. Let us demand accountability, transparency and fairness in our electoral process. Together, we can build a political system that truly represents the diverse voices of our community.

As we commemorate the anniversary of Citizens United, let us not only reflect on its consequences but also take a stand for a brighter and more equitable future. I encourage readers to join the call for reform, engage with their representatives and demand an end to the dominance of big money in our political system.

Thank you for your attention to this critical matter. Together, let us strive for a democracy that truly serves its people.

Mark Haller