Letter to the editor-Campaign reform now | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letter to the editor-Campaign reform now

Ann B. Harmon, Stateline

The majority of us citizens want campaign finance reform because that is the only way to get our Congress in Washington to listen to us. If Congress continues as it has been doing, government laws and actions will continue to strongly favor corporations and wealthy donors – not us. Most of us are very unhappy with what Congress has been doing.

Right now is the time for us to get vocal, write a letter, make some phone calls and otherwise be active. We can’t afford to drop out. Not in a democracy, where being a citizen means taking action and letting politicians know our opinions. The House of Representatives almost has the votes to get a campaign finance reform bill passed. The votes are very close. Opinions from citizens do make a difference. But most of us have been silent.

The primary people to hear your opinion are: 1) Your representatives in the House of Representatives (most important, Democrat or Republican); 2) Dennis Hastert, House Minority Leader; 3) Tom Delay, House minority Whip; 4) Dick Gebhardt, House Majority Leader; and 5) Chris Shays, the Leader in the House who is working for reform. They can all be reached by letter addressed to them at U.S. House of Representatives; Washington, D.C. 20515. Call (202) 224-3121 for their phone and fax numbers. I understand that e-mail is less effective.

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