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April 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Citizens can’t compete with Corporate America

Guest columnist William R. Maurer ends his guest column concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling with the following statement, “ … for proponents of open and unrestrained political debate, the decision is something to celebrate.” [“Supreme Court McCutcheon ruling protects political speech,” Opinion, April 8]

The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision will now allow substantially more special-interest money into the national political process. The problem is that with more special-interest money being dumped into the national political debate, the result will in fact be less political debate.

The NRA, the financial lobby and Big Pharma will now be able to overwhelm any possible decent. The problem is not only the propaganda aspect of special interest money, it is the outright buying of votes from congressional representatives.

The overall result of the McCutcheon ruling will be the restriction of our First Amendment rights of free speech. The ordinary citizen cannot compete with Corporate America and its special interest money.

James J. Farrell, Bellevue

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