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With the dismal performance of Congress in recent years, the temptation to vote against any incumbent is understandable. However, if we assume that all politicians are corrupt, we can expect to keep electing crooks. It is important, therefore, to take a closer look at who is trying to serve us in a dysfunctional Congress that puts special interests over those of the rest of us.

There is a simple test to determine if someone is running to serve your interests or those of well-heeled donors and corporations. Ask candidates if they support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United by declaring that money is not speech and that corporations do not have constitutional “rights” they can use to evade regulations designed to serve the public interest.

Corruption by moneyed interests is the root of Congress’ failure. The overwhelming majority of Americans favor an amendment.

So do Jeff Merkley and Peter DeFazio. Remember that when you cast your ballot, and keep in mind that Robinson is backed by a billionaire hedge fund manager, while Wehby is the choice of the Koch brothers, who own the second largest privately held corporation in the country. Whose interests do you think they will serve?

Rick Staggenborg

Coos Bay

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