LWV: Call For Campaign Finance Reform

BY BARBARA CALEF
Co-President
League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos urges the Los Alamos County Council to adopt Los Alamos Resolution 20-18, which is a call to Congress to enact a campaign finance regulation amendment. 

For decades the League has been advocating at the state and national levels for legislation to reduce the influence of money in politics.  In 2009 the League of Women Voters of the United States filed an amicus brief in the case of Citizens United v FEC in which they argued that “the Constitution protects the rights of individual citizens to participate effectively in the political process and allows the regulation of corporate influence [spending] in elections.” 

We are aware that a resolution from our county government is just one small step toward reaching our goal, but we just celebrated the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which took many such steps over more than seven decades to accomplish.  We are hopeful that this important objective will not take so long to achieve!