Re “Begich outlines campaign finance proposals” (Online, Sept. 12): I was glad to see a story highlighting the fight to reform campaign finance laws in The Bee. When special-interest groups are spending literally billions on our elections, what hope do we have that our representatives will listen to our needs and not the large donors? For example, 67 percent of Americans want the government to invest more in developing solar and wind power (Gallup, March 2014), but is that going to happen when big oil and coal companies are filling the pockets of Washington? I think not.
A bill in the House called the Government by the People Act encourages candidates to fund their campaigns through the people they will actually represent – everyday Americans. It limits the influence of all big-dollar donors and puts the power back in our hands.
Republicans and Democrats need to band together to end this corruption of democracy; while the billionaires profit, we all pay the price.
Ian Knapp, Modesto