Last year, the Clark County Democrat Central Committee voted to endorse Initiative 735, and for good reason; the fundamental characteristics of democracy are undermined by the absence of adequate campaign finance rules. In the United States, the bastion of modern democracy, this is unacceptable.
More disturbingly, a recent Princeton study determined that we have devolved into an Oligarchy, having nearly all public policy decisions reflect the will of the "economic elite", even when over 80% of the American public disagrees with them. The Citizen's United decision is yet another symptom of this problem that further degrades the American public's voice into a mere whisper, while the economic elite drown us all out with megaphones.
A few days ago, news broke of yet another a new PAC in town, created and funded in large part by local philanthropist David Nierenberg, that takes advantage of the Citizen's United decision to unleash floods of personal money to influence local elections. The stated purpose of this PAC is to defeat David Madore, who has used $500,000 of his own money on local elections in the last 5 years. While we can all agree that Madore needs to go, this PAC is out of line with the spirit of Initiative 735 that would eventually place limits on spending of this nature. The Clark County Democrats, as shown by our support of I-735, view massive infusions of money into our electoral process as contributing to the erosion of the principles of democracy, and should be opposed at every turn regardless of where the money is going or whom it is intended to support. If we continue to accept unlimited spending on our local elections, we may as well call off the election and sell the seats to the highest bidder. That's what our democracy has devolved into.
We've had enough.