big money in politics

NC Republicans open the floodgate for campaign donations

And close the blinds on where that money is coming from:

Starting Jan. 1, state candidates and political action committees can take maximum contributions of $5,000 per election, up from the current $4,000 benchmark. The top donation to judicial candidates will leap to the same level from the current $1,000 plateau.

Other campaign finance shifts taking effect in the new year include: Allowing political parties to use corporate donations to pay up to three staffers whose primary duties are administrative in nature. Corporate donations are currently limited to building expenses, repealing the state’s pioneering “stand by your ad” law that required candidates to declare in advertisements that they “approved this message,” and ending the requirement that outside groups identify their five largest donors on political print advertisements.

This is another one of those issues where the vast majority of voters would prefer less money and more disclosure. In a perfect world, they would punish Republicans for making the political process even more sleazy, but we don't live there. If we did, people like David Lewis would be a laughing stock:

2013 "Popies" winners

Several NC legislators, many of whom are bought and paid for by Art Pope, have been bragging recently that they've received an award from the NC Free Enterprise Foundation (NCFEF) for legislating "business friendly" legislation.

They imply that their "business friendly" legislation creates jobs and improves the economy. They don't mention that the legislature passed 344 new laws this past session, and not one single law was a jobs bill. What they really mean by "business friendly" legislation is the stuff that ALEC and Art Pope want very badly -- things such as removing virtually all regulations (many of which were put in place to ensure the safety of workers and consumers), allowing environmental destruction in the name of profits, getting rid of taxes for rich people and corporations and removing all limits on corporations and rich people in terms of money and meddling in political campaigns and government.

Therefore be it resolved

Have you heard about those White House petitions, where if you get 25,000 signatures, they have to respond? Well you should sign this one calling on the President to address clean elections and Citizens United in his State of the Union next month. North Carolina knows all to well what effects big money in our politics have especially at the state level. Surely we can put these petitions to better use than other recent noteworthy petitions like seceding from the union or building death stars!

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