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Committee to Elect 
Vivian Houghton Attorney General

MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release:  Wednesday, September 9, 2002

Contact:

Robert Bohm, Campaign Coordinator
(302)239-2572 
RebSalerno@msn.com

AG Candidate Responds to Common Cause Survey of Elected Officials

Houghton supports initiatives for free air time, campaign finance reform, establishment of a non-partisan redistricting commission, enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act, and House/Senate rule reform at press conference

Wilmington:  At a press conference held today, J. Roy Cannon, representing Vivian Houghton, Green Party candidate for Delaware Attorney General, presented the candidate's response to the recently completed survey conducted by Common Cause of Delaware. The following are remarks made on her behalf:

"Of course the Houghton campaign is for campaign finance reform. 

"When big money is allowed to buy political influence, as it does now through campaign contributions, it in effect buys the political system, robbing our citizens' of their voice, and uses the system for its own ends. Those ends are to control our leaders so that they serve corporate interests rather than the peoples' interests. 

"Look at MBNA. MBNA's financial contributions have squashed any opposition from Senators Bidden and Carper or Congressman Castle as MBNA pushes for bankruptcy law changes that will help the rich and hurt the poor. 

"Or look at the situation of African-Americans and Hispanics. The fact that, as a group, they are politically under-represented and earn about a fraction of the per capita income of whites means that they have less political influence than do predominantly white corporate contributors.  This means that in Delaware, where 9.4 blacks are imprisoned for every white, little effort is made to change the criminal justice system's racial biases. Those who have the money pay the piper and minorities suffer. 

"Another example is companies that pollute.  Here in Delaware such companies--Rodel, Motiva, Metachem and so on--get off with relatively mild fines when they break our environmental regulations contributing to our state's health problems. Yet if the average person were to commit a felony by poisoning people, that person would be sent to jail. Big companies, which make big financial contributions to our current leaders, can get away with murder because, in effect, they've paid for protection. 

"The Houghton campaign does not accept contributions from corporations. We support initiatives like Senate Bill #148 to remove the heavy hand of corporate donations from our democracy. 

"Yes, we believe in financial reform. It's insane not to. This is supposed to be a democracy for the people, not against the people." 

The chairperson for the Green Party of Delaware Coordinating Council, Vince Sottilie (sottilevj@worldnet.att.net ) was present along with representatives from the Delaware Chapter of NAACP, delawarehispanic.com, members of Common Cause, and other interested citizens. John Flaherty (JDF0000@aol.com ) of Common Cause presented the results of the survey sent to all Delaware legislators. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Committee to Elect Vivian Houghton Attorney General
800 West Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
(302)239-2572
agcandidate@vivianhoughtonl.com http://vivianhoughton.com/vivian 

Green Party of Delaware
P. O. Box 6044
Wilmington, Delaware 19804
greenpartyde@yahoo.com
 
http://www.gpde.org

Green Party of the United States
1314 18th Street, Lower Level
Washington, D.C. 20036
info@greenpartyus.org
866-41GREEN (toll free)
http://greenpartyus.org

 

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