Genoa Township anti-corruption ballot question

Our system of funding political campaigns is systematically corrupt. The people operating within this system are not doing anything illegal or necessarily immoral. All representatives have to operate within this system to be representatives. This system of campaign funding was created not by design, but by default. The unelected justices on the Supreme Court have over the years stripped away at our ability to fight the corruption caused by the way money moves in politics. Our legislators have responded by shifting their focus. Like the pigeons in Skinner’s box, they have learned where to peck to receive the sustenance they need. Running political campaigns costs money. They have to turn to the funders for that money. As a result, the funders have their ears. We have representatives who, for all intents and purposes, represent their funders, instead of the people. And the people are not their funders. This is not the Republic the founders intended.

There is a comprehensive set of reforms that could largely remedy this; it is called the American Anti-Corruption Act. A very abbreviated summary of these reforms will appear as a question on the ballots of Genoa Township residents. This non-binding question gives citizens the opportunity to publicly and officially state, “Yes, I support these types of corruption-fighting measures.”

Genoa resident Shannon Wilde, with help from Represent.Us, the grassroots corruption-fighting group of which she is a member, is largely responsible for this effort. She is a citizen fighting to restore representative democracy in the U.S. I urge Genoa Township residents to stand with her and against corruption on Nov. 4.

Elizabeth Lindquist
Represent.Us Rockford
Roscoe, Illinois

From the Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2014, issue

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