If you think you and your neighbors are the only people whose voices matter in state elections, think again. Outside influences—notably along the lines of billionaire liberals like George Soros, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg—are doing their darnedest to spread their way of thinking throughout the nation.
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) has reported that 34 billionaires have spent a combined $78 million on ballot measures this year, and most of that is being directed to states other than where they claim residency.
If you want to know what kinds of things they’re supporting, consider these: restoring the voting rights of felons in Florida; lighter penalties for drug offenses; and, of course, restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.
And talk about hypocrisy! Steyer, who raked in millions from the fossil fuel industry, mainly coal, earmarked more than $8 million on Arizona’s Proposition 27 and $1.9 million on Nevada’s Question 6, both of which require that public utility companies use more renewable sources in energy production.
They’re not all throwing their money out of state, though, In Washington state, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer have pumped a combined $2.2 million on gun control.
Isn’t it time to say, “Enough, already.” If voters in Florida, Arizona or Nevada want change through ballot initiatives, that’s one thing, but having some out-of-stater with deep pockets buy all the air time he wants to brainwash voters, that runs contrary to the principles of how this company operates.
And these are all the same types of people who complain about outside influences in elections. How is what they’re doing any different?
Voters need to keep in mind that not everything they see and hear in ads is a true reflection of the values they and their fellow state residents hold. Don’t let the elitists buy your vote. Go to the polls Nov. 6 and vote for what you know is right.