Kelly Craft’s $16 million gubernatorial spending spree is a reminder of the outsized influence of money in American politics
Kelly Craft, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and wife of coal magnate Joe Craft, spent an astonishing $16 million on her failed bid for governor of Kentucky. That’s more than any other candidate in the race, and it’s a staggering amount of money to spend on a state-level election.
Craft’s spending spree is a reminder of the outsized influence of money in American politics. In an era of super PACs and dark money, wealthy individuals and special interests have a greater say in elections than ever before.
It’s also a reminder of the inequality that exists in our country. While Craft was able to self-fund her campaign with millions of dollars, many Kentuckians are struggling to make ends meet.
The money that Craft spent could have been used to help people in need. It could have been used to improve education, healthcare, or infrastructure. It could have been used to create jobs or fight poverty.
Instead, it was used to buy television ads and attack Craft’s opponents. It was used to fund a campaign that was based on fear and division.
Kelly Craft’s $16 million spending spree is a disgrace. It’s a reminder of the broken system that we have in place. It’s a reminder that money is more important than people in American politics.
We need to change this system. We need to get money out of politics so that our elected officials are accountable to the people, not to special interests.
We need to make sure that everyone has a fair shot, regardless of their income or background. We need to build a more just and equitable society for all.
Kelly Craft’s $16 million spending spree is a reminder of the work that we still have to do.
Big money in politics is a major threat to our democracy. It allows wealthy individuals and special interests to buy influence over our elected officials, and it undermines the will of the people.
We must pass a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. This is the only way to ensure that our elected officials are accountable to the people, not to special interests.
With this amendment, we CAN enact necessary campaign finance reforms, including limits on spending by ultra-wealthy individuals, corporations, and unions. You can read the full text of the amendment along with a detailed explanation here so you understand exactly what the amendment will accomplish and why we believe it is the best amendment proposal.
The Restore Democracy Amendment is the best way to get big money out of politics. It is carefully crafted to shift the balance of power from nine unelected judges on the Supreme Court back to We The People.
We need your help to pass the Restore Democracy Amendment. Please get involved in the campaign, either as a volunteer or donor. Together, we can restore government of, by, and for the people!
Here are some specific ways you can help:
- Spread the word about the Restore Democracy Amendment to your friends and family.
- Sign up to volunteer at citizenstakeaction.org/volunteer.
Photo: Kelly Craft with her husband, coal magnate Joe Craft. (Photo by Ashley Fraser)
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