Opinion: Latest election shows the need for campaign finance reform

Re “Midterm political spending shatters records” (Nov. 4): This article clearly shows the need for campaign finance reform. All that excessive spending on political ads perpetuates the U.S. wealth gap.

Billionaires donate to Republican candidates because their policies reduce taxes on the rich and reduce regulations on the billionaires’ businesses. How does this benefit the ordinary American? It does not.

We need government to keep us safe from pollution, unfair business practices that squash the little guy, discrimination of many kinds and crime. How much more housing would that $16.7 billion buy? How much better could the education system be with more funding? We could make strides in lessening the effects of climate change.

Please, let’s not let money buy elections.

Sandy McMullen

Carlsbad

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