Time to get money out of politics

money_in_politicsOn the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the Wisconsin Business Alliance applauds Assembly Joint Resolution 50, which would allow Wisconsin voters to express their disapproval of the role of money in politics.

At a Capitol press conference on January 21, Alliance member and Versa Studio owner Ben Seigel spoke about the free market, as well as the marketplace of ideas. “Small business owners want to compete in a free market, one that’s open and fair,” Seigel said. “We want that for our political system, as well.”

The Citizens United decision’s effects have been keenly felt by the business community. In a nationwide poll of 500 randomly selected small business owners, 66 percent of the respondents said they disagree with Citizens United. A whopping 88 percent of respondents held a negative view of the role of money in politics. Small business owners have seen that money in politics stifles innovation, disrupts the marketplace, and creates, at the very least, the impression of a corrupt political culture.

“It’s time to get the corrupting influence of money out of politics and return government to the people,” Seigel said. “Along with my colleagues, I call on the Legislature to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 50, which lets Wisconsin citizens voice their disapproval of our money-driven political process.”

Members of the Wisconsin Business Alliance consider money in politics one of their top concerns; additional comments from members can be viewed here.