Jennifer Franco Kenosha

Citizens United ruling

undermines democracy

Should my vote carry more weight than yours because I have more money than you do? Most people in the United States would recognize the absurdity of that question and proclaim loudly, “Absolutely not!”

At the Aug. 5 Kenosha City Council meeting, 13 alderpersons made this proclamation, stood up for the rights of individual voters and supported the resolution proposed by alderpersons Curt Wilson, Keith Rosenberg, Michael Orth and Tod Ohnstad that stated the election process not be “tainted by undue influence of large election expenditures by corporations, labor unions and the most-affluent citizens.”

Disappointingly, my alderman David Bogdala (17th District) and Kevin Matthewson (8th District) stood alone as the two nay votes. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission undermined democracy by opening the campaign spending floodgates.

In essence, this ruling stating that money is speech goes contrary to the notion of one person/one vote and allows those with the most money to have an unfair advantage. At this time, 16 states and more than 500 municipalities have passed resolutions opposing Citizens United since 2010, including now 15 local governments in Wisconsin.

Soon the Kenosha County Board will have a say, and I look forward to seeing our District 13 Supervisor Aaron Kohlmeier stand with the people to proclaim that money is not speech, that artificial entities are not persons, and that every person’s voice carries the same weight.

Jennifer FrancoKenosha

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