Our democracy is failing as the money of corporations, special interests and very wealthy individuals enables candidates to run for office, win elections and then pass legislation favoring their contributors. This situation has been greatly exacerbated by Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions that have eliminated campaign finance laws.
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I would like to thank Michael Bennet for his recent guest commentary on money in politics. We do, indeed, have an overwhelmingly corrupt federal legislature, and American democracy no longer exists. The massive money spent by the few extremely wealthy Americans in support or opposition to a candidate has turned our government from a democracy to an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most of the power.
Candidates who are not willing to accept money in return for their votes on legislation usually do not have the means to mount an effective campaign that can compete with the media blitz provided by the wealthy. This is responsible for legislation that has hurt ordinary Americans in many ways, most notably economically.
The solution is publicly financed campaigns. While there is federal legislation for publicly financed campaigns, it is extremely unlikely to be passed because it is not favored by the wealthy. However, the people can gradually gain control through grassroots efforts at the city, county and state levels. According to the Campaign Finance Institute, as of 2015, in the U.S. there are 15 cities, three counties and 13 states that have publicly financed campaigns, most with notable success. Boulder is one of the cities.