OP-ED: Former Sen. Simpson Decries Special Interest Influence, Calls for Fair Elections

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Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) has an op-ed today in Politico that bemoans the heavy influence wealthy special interests have in distorting our elections and policymaking, and once again calls for the Fair Elections Now Act as a remedy.

"Today, it is those well-funded, but narrowly construed, special interests that provide the lion’s share of campaign funds — and exercise undue influence in tax and spending matters as a result."

"Stemming the tide of special interest campaign cash — and restoring fiscal responsibility in Congress — is no easy task. But there is one place where concerned citizens in both parties can begin: Changing the source of money that funds all campaigns."

Simpson goes on to call for the Fair Elections Now Act, which he testified on behalf of at a hearing in the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on April 12th. With Fair Elections, politicians would be accountable to only their constituents, and the needs of special interests could take a back seat to passing common sense legislation that benefits the many who are struggling instead of the bottom line of the wealthy few.

Click here for the full op-ed.