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April 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: A ruling for the wealthy few

The Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC directly conflicts with the First Amendment [“McCutcheon decision unravels campaign finance regulation,” Opinion, April 6].

The amendment states that no law should be made which would abridge the freedom of speech. In a large-scale society such as ours, this requires that all people be given equal right of representation — whether that be representation by another or self-representation.

We have, through use of an Electoral College, a Congress and a president, decided on the use of representation by another. For individuals to have equal representation when there is not self-representation, representatives must have to answer to the majority and rely on that majority in their election to office.

It could, of course, be argued that money does not actually decide the results of an election. However, the desire to put larger and larger amounts of money into an election implies an overwhelming opinion held by those with money that they can buy the presidency.

This decision by the Supreme Court reinforcing the opinion of these wealthy few allows not only for a precedent of buying the presidency but also one of hiring the president. Our nation must remain a government of the people and not a corporate entity.

Sean Alexander Anderson, Seattle

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