Yesterday evening my wife asked my opinion of the several referenda we’ll be voting on in the election next Tuesday. I did so and thought I might do so here as well. Here’s one of them:
“Shall the U. S. Congress pass a bill, to be duly ratified by three-fourths of the states, adopting an amendment to the U. S. Constitution empowering the federal government and states to regulate and limit political contributions from corporations?”
As stated I would oppose such an amendment but a great deal depends on the specific wording of the proposed amendment. If it were structured so as to empower the federal government and the states to regulate and limit political contributions from all group entities not limited to corporations but including partnerships, labor unions, not-for-profit organizations not organized as corporations, and all other similar organizations other than individual living, breathing, human beings, I would favor it.
Note that if you look at a list of the hundred largest contributors to political campaigns and politics, generally, labor unions and not-for-profit organizations are among the very largest contributors. Considering the symbiotic relationship between those organizations and government at various different levels, I find that troubling. I do not generally believe that tax dollars should be recycled into political contributions unless it is done on an even-handed basis without regard to affiliation. Otherwise it is a license to steal.