And when you add the third element upheld by the Citizens United decision, secrecy, I believe it is a toxic combination.
Not only are we allowing corporations for all practical purposes to "buy" election results, we are no longer allowed to know the source of their funding.
Our resolution calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations and labor unions are not entitled to the same rights and protection as natural persons under the Constitution and that the federal, state and local governments should have the power to limit, regulate and require disclosure of sources of all money spent to influence elections.
And I believe there is impetus for this corrective change.
On Election Day 2012, more than 6 million voters across the country had the opportunity to vote on state and local ballot measures, including the states of Montana and Colorado, calling for a constitutional amendment to limit money in politics, and all proposed resolutions passed with overwhelming and bipartisan support.
It's time to let the voters of this country decide this matter, which is vital to the integrity of our election process and to the equality of our citizens.
Poore, a lawyer in Charleston, is a delegate for Kanawha's 37th District.