February 7, 2010 in Letters

Vocal voters have influence

The Spokesman-Review

I was encouraged by the many readers who understand the ramifications of the recent Supreme Court decision on corporate campaign contributions. There’s one very easy thing we can all do about it right now: Contact your representatives, frequently, about any and all concerns.

I know the tendency to say, “That doesn’t work.” That’s only because enough don’t do it, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

A phone call, letter or e-mail takes only a minute or two. No pressure from contributors and their lobbyists – or party caucuses – can overcome sufficient voter pressure. Deep-pocket campaign spenders know this.

We’re in charge; our reps are our employees. But, like any employer, we won’t get results if we don’t tell those who work for us what’s expected of them. Simply voting is not enough. Keep them informed of your desires. How many of us have ever had a boss who said, “OK, you’re hired. … I’ll check with you in two years”?

We have the voices and votes. Contributors have only money; don’t cede your control to them. We put our reps there; we can take them out.

Without our votes, and against our voices, campaign dollars – in however many millions – are worthless.

Steven A. Wells


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