Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:44 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lend support to HJR 33, SJR 13

Alaska has made progress on the fight to get a constitutional amendment banning unlimited corporate election spending essentially overturning the 2010 Supreme Court Ruling in Citizens United. A bill, HJR 33, sponsored by Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, is currently, in the House Judiciary Committee and a companion bill, SJR 13, sponsored by Sen. Wielechowski, who is working as a team with Rep. Gara, will go there soon.

Called by human rights groups the most notorious U.S. Supreme Court decision in history, Citizens United has already reared its ugly head in the form of the Super PAC at the Republican caucuses. Super PACs are satellite political campaigns that supposedly act independently of the candidates and consist of a new political animal. They can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money, dont disclose donors until after the votes are counted and have already been deluging the presidential campaign with millions of dollars of mudslinging TV ads. If super-PACs can largely decide the caucuses, just wait until the regular elections where major corporations will show how they can now buy any candidate they want.

The Constitution was intended to protect individual American citizens from the powerful and in exchange for this protection we have to honor and defend those rights. Please contact the House Judiciary Committee members asking them to hear and pass either HJR 33 or SJR 13.

Hal Shepherd