Big money doesn’t belong in politics

To the editor:

On March 15, at the Town Meeting, Greenville residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns about the growing influence of money in politics. Article 18 is a bit confusing but with a “Yes” vote, you can voice your opinion that corporations should not be considered persons, with the ability to donate unlimited money to individuals or political action committees.

In 10 years, PACs have grown from 90 to 1,500 and lobbyists have grown from 175 to 2,500. These lobbyists spent $3.5 billion to influence legislation in 2010. Most of this was business’s attempt to influence Congress to pass legislation to increase corporate profits even more. Money has become the deciding factor in elections. Over 70 percent of our representatives’ time is devoted to raising campaign funds rather than working for us.

Does it make any sense that corporations should be considered people? Corporations stated goals are to maximize profits and stock value, with little going to the productive workers who enabled these profits. That’s why workers’ compensation has gone up only 0.9 percent in 2013, while many corporations made record profits. These profits are used to generate even higher profits by influencing legislation favorable to corporations.

Does money equal speech? It does now! By voting “Yes” on Article 18, we can send a message to our representatives that enough is enough and tell them to stop considering corporations as people. Legislation needs to be passed that overturns the Citizen’s United decision. Join over 70 other New Hampshire municipalities that are passing similar articles. It’s time voters started deciding elections rather than money.

Richard Miller


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