Establish Principles for Elections in Michigan and support a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution.

September 6, 2018

To the editor:

The State of Michigan is certainly resilient. After numerous economic downturns we always make a comeback, especially when the playing field is level. The State of Michigan is also somewhat unique. We, the voters in Michigan, have the rare opportunity to amend our state constitution by popular vote. In amending our state constitution, we will clarify first principles for fairness and transparency in Michigan’s elections, and we will add our voices to the growing chorus of states that seek to amend the United States Constitution, specifically a 28th Amendment concerning campaign finance reform.
Since 1837 Michigan citizens have served our country’s and state’s interests with distinction. Who is better qualified than Michigan voters to determine the direction of our state or the issues that daily impact us all? My neighbor and I may not see eye-to-eye politically but we do agree on one thing.

Resource extraction multinational corporations, out-of-state casino owners, hedge fund managers with off-shore bank accounts, “vulture” capitalists or special interest PACs have absolutely no business influencing Michigan elections while hiding behind their wall of secrecy. The dark monies that flow into our representatives campaigns essentially turn them into nothing more than a “paid shill” for their sponsors. Unfortunately, far too many of our current legislators are quite content to being “at-will employees” for these donors while loudly proclaiming they are still “the voice of the people”.

Let us all level the playing field. Research your politician’s finances. See who they actually represent. Demand they support campaign finance reform and the 28th Amendment. Their answers and actions will reveal who their real constituent is. It should come as no surprise that it may be neither you or I.
Until there is reform and full transparency in campaign financing, we will all remain pawns on someone else’s chess board.

John Hunter

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