The victory of extending the Cuyahoga County “Sin Tax” (Issue 7) and the defeat (for the third time) in Youngstown of a Community Bill of Rights to ban tracking are merely the latest examples in an ever expanding list of election results where, as Peter Pattokos of the Anti-Sin Tax campaign says, “money matters.”
Does it ever.
And it will continue to matter more as more and more money is spent by the super wealthy and the corporations using their nonsensical first amendment “free speech” and “personhood” shields respectively to buy/rent/lease/retain candidates and distort/discombobulate the public with their paid ads…not to mention their lobbyists galore.
The pro Sin Tax crowd raised and spent well over $1 million (some say the total will be over $3 million). The grassroots opposition group raised $6,500 with the tobacco and cigarette interests kicking in another $125,000. In Youngstown, the pro-frackers out raised the anti-frackers $41,000 to $6,300.
Of course, money isn’t always victorious. Organized people can often prevail over organized money. But the 2 sides are headed in different directions — people have become less organized in many ways over the past several decades (for a variety of reasons) while money has become more organized…and plentiful in elections thanks to Supreme Court rulings that have further opened the floodgates for wealthy individuals and corpses to donate/invest in political issue and candidate campaigns.
At some point, we have to change the rules of the game — since the existing players (public officials) and plays (laws, regulations) are stacked to benefit the 1%. A movement to change the ground rules could unite ALL single issue causes which would benefit them all with a more level political playing field.
A movement to change the ground rules could unite ALL single issue causes which would benefit them all with a more level political playing field.
That’s the goal of Move to Amend — a Constitutional Amendment abolishing all never intended inalienable constitutional rights for corporations (including the First Amendment “free speech” right) and political money being defined as political speech.