Sean Scanlan: Mark Williams gets this vote

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

On April 24, in a rare moment of full disclosure, Mike Mulvaney, President Trump’s director of the office of management and budget, publicly told a group of 1,000 bankers that lobbyists seeking to influence congressional representatives would benefit from making large campaign contributions in advance.

The taint of PAC money and special interests is not absent from Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, where a career politician, Joe Neguse, a fairly inexperienced lawyer with ties to oil and gas interests, wishes to replace Jared Polis.

Progressive voters seeking an authentic representative should consider Mark Williams, the only Democrat in the race who refuses to accept PAC money or funding from the fracking industry.

A vote for Williams will strike a blow against the corruption that is habitual to so many of the nation’s politicians.

The addiction to PAC money has become so prevalent that it goes unremarked on a daily basis; and we likewise sleepily disregard the revolving door between political high office and the corporate boardrooms.

From Mulvaney’s pay-to-play confession to inflated speaking fees, money has stained our politics, our politicians and our nation.

The complete failure of our political elite to police their own behavior, has led to a surge of citizen activism to remove the noxious influence of money from politics.

Mark Williams is leading that charge in CD2. But he is not alone. Across the country, many progressive, citizen candidates have forsworn campaign contributions by PAC’s, special interests and lobbyists.

This has led to David-and-Goliath-like contests in many districts, with establishment politicians on the one side, whose campaign war chests are swollen with contributions from the PAC’s, special interests, and lobbyists. They are facing off against Davids with threadbare campaign purses but an enthusiastic staff made up entirely of unpaid volunteers.

Sean Scanlan


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