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Letter: Political money

Published: Friday, June 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Mary Barker notes correctly (“America’s hidden primary and what you can do about,” June 26) the unfortunate need to appeal to corporate wealth for money to influence nominations, finance political campaigns and otherwise get one’s message across. The problem is more complex, however, than Barker notes.

First, those in corporate America with wealth who use it for political purposes are often on different sides politically, as with the billionaire Koch brothers on the “right” and the billionaire George Soros on the “left.” The fair amount of broadcast and print media sources favor the democratic party, thus they provide hundreds of millions of dollars yearly of free campaign advertising and support for parties and candidates on the left. A second source of “free” campaign support comes from the overwhelming majority of tax-supported universities.

Citizens United provides a balance for many in the center and those who otherwise could not afford to get their message across.

Phillip Smith

Orem

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