To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Overturn Citizens United
Date: Tue Jun 10 04:17:56 MDT 2014
June 9, 2014
The Honorable Scott K. Jenkins
350 North State Street
State Capitol - Suite 320
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Dear Senator Jenkins,
Last year’s election campaign was disgraceful, not because of who won and who lost, but because the endless parade of negative ads, paid for by anonymous millionaires, corporations and groups, made it seem like our country had been put up for sale..
This week, I saw Citizen Koch, a movie that pretty much confirms my worst fears about all the money behind those ads. I’m writing to ask your help in a fight to strengthen our Constitution so that our government can remain “of, by and for the people.”
Specifically, I ask that you sponsor and vote for a resolution in the state legislature supporting a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and allow Congress and our state to put reasonable limits on political contributions and expenditures.
Voters in Montana, Colorado, San Francisco, Chicago and more than 170 cities and towns in Massachusetts, overwhelmingly endorsed such an amendment in referendums last fall. It passed with bipartisan support in “red” and “blue” areas alike.
“Outside” groups spent a record $1.3 billion in federal elections alone last year, four times as much as in either 2008 or 2010! As an elected official, you know that the people, companies and groups behind large political contributions invariably want something in return for their money. Your votes in the legislature should be free from that kind of influence.
A constitutional amendment can fix this mess. Please sponsor a constitutional amendment calling for limits on political spending.
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