Arizona Republic: Voters Overpowered by Influence of Big Money

Letter to the Editor written by Mackenzie Johnson

I'm frustrated with the Supreme Court's recent decision on the McCutcheon case.

It's ridiculous that big-money donors now have the ability to donate an unlimited amount of max-out donations to candidates. With no limit on aggregate contributions, the influence of money overpowers the influence of the voters.

Despite what the high court believes, money doesn't equal speech. Everyday people, especially college students like me, do not have big money to spend on funding candidates. Erasing campaign-finance reforms creates an inequitable system where my speech is deemed less valuable than those who can contribute massive donations.

If campaign finance continues to be deregulated, I and other students will be left politically voiceless.

Mackenzie Johnson, Scottsdale

The original letter can be viewed here.