Monday, July 9, 2012: Campaign Money, Bring Jobs Home Act and Religious Freedom

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Monday, July 9, 2012: Campaign Money, Bring Jobs Home Act and Religious Freedom


Secret money

Thank you for your Editorial on secret money in candidate elections.

You're right that the flood of secret money in American politics is bad for voters. But you missed an opportunity to support passage of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012.

Under current law, corporations, unions, lobbyists and special interests can now spend millions to get the elected officials they want into power, and right now, the law lets them do that in complete secrecy. The DISCLOSE Act requires donor disclosures and disclaimers.

Voters deserve and need to know the sources of funding for election advertising so they can make informed decisions. Secret campaign money has no place in America's democracy simply because it undermines the role of the voter and corrupts the election process. Voters have a right to know -- whether it is a corporation, union, trade association, or nonprofit advocacy group making unlimited campaign expenditures and influencing elections -- so they can judge whether to believe the ads.

The DISCLOSE Act of 2012 is likely to come up for a vote in the Senate next week. I urge our own Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to support this important legislation and help make things right. Americans deserve all the information they can get before they vote. Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.

Ann Luther

Trenton

Maloney the best

Democrats will vote in July to nominate a candidate for the office of District Attorney. Maeghan Maloney is the best choice for this role.

In addition to her effective work in passing legislation to establish the Veterans' Court, she has a strong history of leadership in the justice system. She headed the multimillion dollar forfeiture unit as Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, and served as Assistant Attorney General in Maine and edited an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Smart and dedicated, Maeghan works tirelessly on behalf of her constituents in Augusta, and will bring this same energy to making improvements to the District Attorney's office for Somerset and Kennebec Counties. We are facing rising crime rates, overcrowded jails and reduced public funding. We need new solutions that will be effective in reducing crime and saving taxpayer dollars.

A fresh look at the way this office operates and the ability to implement policy changes that improve justice are needed. Maeghan Maloney is the right person to get this job done.

Carol Cupples

New Portland

Support jobs

The United Steelworkers have been supporting the Bring Jobs Home Act in the U.S. Congress. The bill would remove tax incentives to corporations that favor the exporting of jobs, and add tax incentives that favor bringing employment back to the U.S.

I support this bill. I resent having my tax dollars used to help U.S. companies move jobs offshore.

Some 15 or 20 volunteers, including students, union members and interested citizens gathered on July 2 to visit the offices of Sen. Collins and Rep. Michaud to ask them to support the bill.

I retired as an executive of a large industrial firm in Connecticut and recognize that a prosperous labor force here at home is necessary for the economic health of our country.

We were met at Sen. Collins' office by two earnest but ill- informed young men who had no idea why we would want to see the Senator. …

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