Supreme Court gets it wrong (again) on campaign finance [Letter]

I was pleased to read The Sun's editorial against the Supreme Court's wrongheaded decision in McCutcheon v. FEC ("A win for the billionaires," April 6). I'm to hoping that this decision serves as a spark for change.

The court's decision to eliminate federal limits on the total amount of money that mega-donors can contribute during an election cycle empowers a tiny group of fewer than 3,000 elite donors to spend an additional billion dollars in our elections through 2020.

This isn't the way it should be. In our democracy, the size of your wallet shouldn't determine the strength of your voice in our political system.

With the highest court bent on gutting campaign finance laws, you know this is not a fight we will win overnight, but it's also important to know that there are solutions available that we can work to implement now.

Immediate solutions, like Rep. John Sarbanes' Government by the People Act would enable more Americans to support the candidates they believe in with a tax credit for small contributions, and match these small donations six-to-one so that candidates can be competitive by raising money from their voters, instead of relying on out-of-district big donors.

Ultimately, fixing this mess will take a constitutional amendment to overturn the wrong-headed Supreme Court decisions (including McCutcheon and Citizens United) that have let a flood of big money into our elections.

Let's hope this decision fuels the growing movement to put limits on big money and fundamentally restore political equality for all Americans.

Emily Scarr, Baltimore

The writer is director of Maryland PIRG.

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