Dear Editor:

If you are a voter who is discouraged by the level of the current political discourse, I have some good news for you: there is a citizens initiative on the ballot this November that will give you an opportunity to send a message to your elected representatives that you want to see limits placed on the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Thanks to the signatures of thousands of Coloradans, Amendment 65 is one of three special ballot issues that are on the ballot. Amendment 65 is a non-binding, advisory amendment to the Colorado constitution and statutes that tells our Federal and State representatives that we want them to work toward restoring reasonable restrictions on campaign finances. As a result of the Supreme Court’s narrow, 5-4 decision in Citizens United vs the FEC, this can only be done through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. By approving Amendment 65, the citizens of Colorado can join with the citizens of Montana and 28 other states in expressing their concerns about an interpretation of the constitution that overturned a century of efforts to ensure transparency and fairness in campaign finances. If you believe that money is speech and corporations are people, then you probably will not support Amendment 65. But if you believe, as I do, that the voices of ordinary people are being drowned out by the unlimited contributions of corporations and wealthy individuals to political campaigns and their related political action committees, then you will vote “Yes” on Amendment 65.

Johnny Pickett

This story was posted on September 26, 2012.