Emily Welschman: Donations making ‘democracy’

October 19, 2013 

In his Oct. 3 column “Our democracy is at stake,” Thomas Friedman equates the recall of two anti-gun Colorado state senators as an assault on democracy, citing the fact that the National Rifle Association donated approximately $400,000 to the pro-recall movement.

Friedman, however, conveniently neglects to mention that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated a similar amount to the anti-recall movement. Perhaps the meaning of the word “democracy” has changed recently, but I think that a political donation made by an organization with over 5 million members across the United States (including many in Colorado) is far more “democratic” than a political donation made by a single individual who has spent close to $300 million of his own private fortune to buy his position as mayor of New York three times.

Emily Welschman

Chapel Hill

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