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April 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

McCutcheon v. FEC: a lazy electorate?; Democracy sold to highest bidder

If the rich decide elections, it’s due to a lazy electorate

Syndicated columnist Gail Collins seems to feel that because the Supreme Court has allowed larger political donations, the rich now have more leverage in political elections [“Surprise! The rich won one,” Opinion, April 6].

Hey, are any of us forced to base our votes on TV ads, billboards and bumper stickers? Do the Koch Brothers (or any other billionaires) force us to vote for the candidates they support?

Or do all citizens have the opportunity, not to mention the responsibility, to inform themselves regarding all the candidates and issues?

If the rich determine the elections, based on their donations, it is due only to the laziness of the rest of the voting public.

Richard Askren, Seattle

Democracy sold to the highest bidder

There is just something so unseemly, wrong and even slimy about the Supreme Court’s rulings on

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April 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Mozilla: CEOs should think twice before donating to hot-button issues

The story “Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues” [Business / Technology, April 5] brings up interesting issues. “Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich stepped down Thursday as chief executive, just days after his appointment. He left the nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser after furious attacks, largely on Twitter, over his $1,000 contribution to support of…

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Comments | More in Gay rights | Topics: Brendan Eich, Firefox, Free speech

April 4, 2014 at 6:03 AM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Amend the Constitution

The Supreme Court’s most recent ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC should be the last straw for “We The People” [“Ruling loosens reins on political donations,” Nation & World, April 2]. The five majority judges seem out of touch with how democracy should really work — one person, one vote. It is time to amend the…

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Comments | More in First Amendment | Topics: constitution, democracy, Free speech

April 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Democracy is now dead

Ruling loosens reins on political donations” [Nation & World, April 2] should have been titled “Ruling severs reins …” The U.S. Supreme Court has done the nation a great favor: finally removing any doubt that our democracy is dead. What a huge relief. No longer do the vast majority of Americans need to cling…

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Comments | More in Campaign finance, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: campaign finance, Free speech, McCutcheon v. FEC