Very grateful to Paul Hogarth for the reminder: The Senate is voting on the first step in a repeal of Citizens United on Monday, and a polite, personal note is always more effective than a petition.
Especially a note which points out the political advantages in supporting a measure approved by 9 out of 10 voters.
Following is my letter to my senators. While cutting and pasting is not advised, a similar message to yours might make them pause and consider the advantages of voting yes on Joint Resolution 19.
This coming Monday, September 8, the full Senate will vote on Joint Resolution 19, the first step in the process of passing a constitutional amendment to repeal the Citizens United decision and limit corporate spending on political campaigns.
In October, 2012, Bannon Communications Research did a poll which found a stunning 89% of Americans agreeing that there is too much big money in politics. Solid majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents, self-declared liberals, moderates and conservatives said they supported changing the way corporations are involved in campaign financing.
It’s pretty rare when 9 out of 10 of your constituents, whoever they are, agree on something. There is absolutely no political risk and lots of political gain in voting for Joint Resolution 19. It’‘s a perfect example of doing well by doing good.
In fairness, I should warn you that there is political risk in NOT voting for the resolution. Opposing a measure supported by nearly 90% of Americans is the sort of thing that gets noticed, after all.
Thanks for listening, and looking forward to seeing your “aye” on Monday.