Tri-City protesters decry Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

By Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldApril 2, 2014 

Campaign Finance Protest

Members of Move to Amend Tri-Cities, from right, Pete Hopkins, Kae Hopkins and Christine Reuther protest on Wednesday at John Dam Plaza in Richland against the Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC that lifted limits on individual contributions in the two-year campaign cycle.

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— A group of protesters Wednesday in Richland blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to void the overall individual federal limit on campaign contributions.

They said the decision continued the threat against the "one person, one vote" movement that began with the 2010 Citizens United decision, which forbid restrictions on funding independent campaign spending by corporations, labor unions and other groups.

"So now, if someone has $1,000, they get 1,000 votes," said Karen Ramage of Pasco. "I'm poor, I only get one vote. That's not the American way."

Christine Reuther of Richland and her husband, former Democratic state House candidate Richard Reuther, were among 10 people to gather at John Dam Plaza on George Washington Way, across the street from the Federal Building.

Protesters held signs reading, "SCOTUS Screws America Again" and "Get Money out of Politics."

"They better start waking up and looking at what's going on," said Christine Reuther. "This is looking a lot like the oligarchies of old countries, where there was one person in charge and they said that's the way it goes."

The protesters are part of Move to Amend, Tri-Cities, an organization trying to gather enough signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot that would put the state of Washington on record for a federal constitutional amendment changing campaign finance laws.

"It's really hard to go against corporate money," said Malakay Betor of Richland. "The only thing more important than money in politics is votes."

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