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Today, the Supreme Court issued a new ruling on election spending that will sabotage our democratic process further: McCutcheon vs. Federal Elections Commission. That the Supreme Court even decided to hear the case over whether aggregate campaign contributions should be limited to “only” $123,600 indicates that the Roberts Court seeks to continue to exacerbate the problem of money in politics. This short video filmed at the steps of the Supreme Court shows what is at stake in this decision.
Shaun McCutcheon thinks it’s unfair he can’t give more money to politicians. And the Supreme Court is actually listening to him. Video by Public Interest Pictures. Music by Britt Daniel for Spoon. Tell McCutcheon: Our Democracy is NOT For Sale! from John Wellington Ennis on Vimeo.
This anniversary of Citizens United, instead of ceding control to anonymous corporate credit lines, people across the country are taking a public stand to show that they’re not letting this go. If anything, the vocal resistance to the Citizens United decision has only grown over the past year as more people recognized the reckless misinformation fueling campaigns in 2010.
Surya Yalamanchili — or simply, “Chili” — showed me how he has managed a streamlined campaign depending on individual donors while proving his moxie as a public servant by running his own show.
Ohio has long been romanticized as a microcosm of America and a bellwether for national politics. Yet primary elections are a pivotal point in our democratic process, and it often goes ignored by the media and the public, even on the local level.