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Brad Avakian: Oregon's Labor Commissioner

Big money in politics

Six years ago today, the Supreme Court issued one of the worst decisions in recent history: Citizens United.

The decision obliterated federal campaign finance regulations, unleashing a flood of anonymous corporate money into our elections.

Here in Oregon, we have strong transparency laws, but it's still the Wild West when it comes to to political spending. That has to end. As Secretary of State, I’ll use every tool at my disposal to protect our elections and make sure that big money doesn't drown out the voices of everyone else. Last session I fought for Senate Joint Resolution 75 to pave the way for meaningful limits -- and I'll keep fighting until the job is done.

We know that the wealthy special interests are going to spend big this year to get their way, with groups like the Koch brothers already planning to spend nearly $900 million. They’re going to attack progressives and promote a far-right agenda to turn back the clock on workers' rights and core environmental safeguards.

Here’s how we fight back: by building a people-powered campaign today, one person at a time. Together, we can send a powerful message that grassroots action and progressive policy can still win the day.

Posted on January 21, 2016.

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