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Citizens United is not the culprit

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The Herald's Oct. 27 editorial, "Overturn Citizens United" misses any form of research or reality. First the editorial points to negative speech but misses the fact that negative campaigning has occurred throughout our history, just Google negative campaign ads regarding Thomas Jefferson, there are very interesting results.
Second, let's look at spending -- but wait a minute -- the state of Washington is one of 26 states that allowed unlimited spending not directly on a candidate anyway. Further, if you look deeper into funding of Super PACs and you will find that 18 percent of funding comes from corporations, 26 percent from unions and non-profits, and 55 percent is actually from individuals. Super-PACs must also report all of their donors to the federal government. The information was easily obtained from the Federal Elections Commission website; it is crazy what research and reality can do to rhetoric from supposed journalists.
Todd Welch
Lake Stevens

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