Dale Whitfield: Donations buy laws

May 4, 2013 

Donations buy laws

Almost every week I read another article about large political contributions by business and special interest groups to lawmakers and lobby groups. Lawmakers continually say that these donations and lobby efforts do not affect their bills or votes.

If these donations do not affect how lawmakers operate then contributors are wasting their money. If these donations do affect how lawmakers operate then that may not be in the best interest of the people.

After reading about some of the tax breaks and incentives that are given to specific businesses or for specific purposes (“Where did the $1 billion go?” April 28), I suspect that these breaks are a result of large donations and that is akin to buying laws.

Dale Whitfield, Wake Forest

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