For too long special interested have wielded too much power in our democracy. Business entities have used their money and connections to leverage influence in Washington and in our state capitals, which they use to avoid adopting even basic public interest protections that might affect their profit margins.
The 2010 Citizens United vs. the FEC Supreme Court ruling opened the floodgates of corporate money into politics, drowning out the voice of everyday Americans in the political process. With this flood of special interest money into the political arena, elected officials will be influenced to backtracks on the progress this country has made on issues such as protecting public health, addressing economic inequality, the rising costs of healthcare, global warming, safe work-place regulations, and the national debt.
We believe the results of political elections should reflect the voice of the American people, and not those of a few wealthy special interests. It is our goal to educate the public about this issue and to create a climate in which such massive spending in politics by wealthy corporations is unacceptable and harmful to their bottom lines.
INPIRG is working to raise awareness about the faults of the current campaign finance system and bring the truth to the public. By engaging with and educating people through tabling events, petitioning corporations like Bank of America, and holding public forums, we will restore America to a place where everyone has a voice in our democracy.
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