OCALA, Fla., July 23, 2014 — Citizens United is well on its way to becoming one of the most controversial decisions in Supreme Court history. Generally speaking, what sort of impact has it had on federal elections?
Americans from both sides of the political spectrum want to limit the influence special interests wield over elected officials. After Citizens United, is this a realistic goal? Speaking of which, what is the most pernicious, yet little-known, manner in which special interests influence politicians?
In Congress and state legislatures, Democrats and Republicans rarely agree on much these days, including campaign finance reform. Are these disagreements the result of true ideological divisions or special interest pressure?
Mansur Gidfar has some answers.
He serves as communications director for Represent.Us, an advocacy group with an ambitious mission. It proposes to curtail the power of not only special interest groups, but the corrupting influence of lobbyists. In order to accomplish this, the organization proposes grand-scale reforms of America’s political scene,
These reforms are not partisan in nature; on the contrary. Represent.Us aims to let Americans know that matters such as campaign finance reform, controls on lobbying, and far more are points for broad consensus.
Gidfar shares his perspectives on the next episode of Cotto & Company; a new thirty-minute-or-so online radio program featuring independent voices who shape our society. Regardless of partisan registration, political philosophy, or personal worldview, the goal is sharing diverse, and often innovative, ideas that we all can learn from.
I’m your host.
As with my work as a Communities Digital News journalist and nationally syndicated columnist, I hope to bring about deeper understanding of the issues which impact our society. Even if we don’t always agree, we should be able to see eye to eye.
Listen to the Sunday, July 28, 2014 show here:
Did you catch the last episode of Cotto & Co.?
Military Religious Freedom Foundation President Mikey Weinstein talked about religious discrimination in the military. He also addressed the criticisms made by many of his opponents. Catch the entire show: