Dr. Mary Headrick, candidate for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional seat, said Thursday:
“A clear attack against both our democracy and our local representation, that's the gist of the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday that an individual cannot be limited in total donations to individual candidates. Before yesterday, our campaign finance laws allowed $2,600 donations to federal candidates per election up to an aggregate of ~$123,000. Only 1 percent of the population contributes to elections. Very few are wealthy enough to contribute $2,600.
"Now we the people are even more vulnerable to 'bought elections' and 'bought elected officials.' This ruling allows the multi-millionaires and billionaires to 'nationalize' every race, taking away our local control and representation.
"We should have a democracy with'one man (or one woman) equals one vote, but we have lost that precept. We know money talks and money votes, whether through special interest access or actual campaign advertising and spending.
"Once again the Robert's court has ruled for the ultra-wealthy and ruled against we the people and our democracy.”
Dr. Headrick will be attending the open-to-the-public meeting on Friday at the IBEW Hall, Volunteer Blvd., at 6 p.m., where Reich's film 'Inequality for All' will be shown by the Chattanooga chapter of Move-to-Amend.