Stop Financial Firms from Bribing Elected Officials

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Target: United States Congress

Goal: Reform how political campaigns are funded so the rich can no longer buy politicians.

Financial firms are making large donations to political campaigns so that those elected into office will keep policies in place that allow these firms to make decisions that favor financial gain for the firms over the health of the economy. These are the very same policies that laid the foundation for the financial crash of 2008 to happen. It is becoming more and more evident that these donations are functioning more like bribes that are motivated by the will to exert some control over government policies.

This legal bribery is the means by which the middle class is being marginalized, if not eradicated. By permitting such bribery, we are allowing only those most wealthy to have any political influence at a time when the middle class really needs a voice. In the past, allowing such behavior led to policies that permitted financial firms to buy whole businesses, relieve them of their assets, and then proceed to outsource and downsize their workforce. These policies also account for the manufacturing sector shrinking to half the size it was in 1960 while the financial sector doubled in size.

If we want a just system of government where everyone has an equal voice along with a stable, growing economy, then we need to take legislative action against these large donations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

Financial firms are buying political power by means of making obscenely large donations to political campaigns. These donations function as bribes that are aimed at coercing those in office to keep policies in place that favor financial gain for the firms over the health of the economy. These policies are also responsible for creating the environment that brought about the financial crash of 2008.

Not only is this bribery causing economic misery, it is also essentially marginalizing, if not eliminating, middle class working society. It has become increasingly obvious that those most wealthy are the only people with any political influence. Everyday working people remain unheard at a time when they really need a voice. The policies that ensued as a result of the bribery act to enable financial firms to buy whole businesses, relieve them of their assets, and then downsize and outsource their workforce. As a result of these policies, the manufacturing sector shrank to half the size it was in 1960 while the financial sector doubled in size.

If we want to create a more stable, growing economy and give each American citizen an equally audible voice, then we need to reform how political campaigns are funded.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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