I was amazed by the lack of understanding exhibited in Ron Lowry’s letter to the editor in Tuesday’s MDJ (“Will wrong on corporate contributions”). Of course corporations are not “persons” with the right to vote, but they are affected by the laws and policies implemented by elected officials. It is in the interest of the corporation to support candidates who support policies that will be beneficial to “businesses” and to their particular business. There is nothing sinister about that type of support.
Building a fanciful case about the Chinese creating a corporation to funnel money to the “Manchurian Candidate” does nothing to diminish the propriety of corporate support for political candidates.
Nor has the phony corporation been seen as necessary in previous campaigns. According to the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 19, 2007): “Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated home addresses seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton’s campaign treasury. In April, a single fundraiser in an area long known for its gritty urban poverty yielded a whopping $380,000.”
What is needed is enforcement of existing laws. What are needed are people of principal enforcing those laws. The problem is officials who are willing to ignore wrongdoing by their political allies. What is needed is an unbiased press corps. What is needed is the Tea Party to become more powerful and willing to get rid of the slime balls who fill the halls of politics at all levels.