Dark money and U.S. Supreme Court rulings that lift political contribution limits and call corporations people are enough to make those who believe in democracy throw up our hands in despair. Like many of you, I’m alarmed by the implications that the wealthy one percent may soon own our elected, representative form of government.
But, I’m also inspired that we won’t let it happen.
The Dunwell for Montana House District 84 campaign has raised money from 150 contributors to date.
Most contributors are hard-working Montanans or those on fixed incomes who stretch to give $10, $25 or $50. Some have given $100 or even maxed out at $170. I know they’re giving up something in exchange for something much greater in which they believe.
These Montanans have their say and engage in the democratic process. These Montanans speak for people who haven’t had a voice in the legislature. These Montanans step up with me to make sure all of our neighbors have equal opportunity to thrive, prosper and succeed. That’s grassroots momentum.
And our grassroots will grow under Montana’s Big Sky, nurtured with sunlight, watered with full disclosure and fertilized by the people’s voices participating in a transparent, democratic process.
No way can our grassroots fundraising compete with dark money and corporate interests. But all together, we’re demonstrating that our votes are not for sale. Priceless!
Mary Ann Dunwell,
Democratic candidate, Montana House District 84, Helena