Faith community tackles influence of corporate money

by Dennis Sadowski  |  published on November 4, 2014

Corporate influence, through money and lobbying, is a given in setting public policy.

But faith leaders and public interest groups are wondering how much corporate influence is too much.

Organizations such as the Franciscan Action Network and Common Cause have banded together to organize around the issue. Their message: Unlimited political spending by corporations undermines democracy.

For Patrick Carolan, the network’s executive director, it’s a moral and religious issue that deserves the attention of people of faith. He told Catholic News Service that unlimited spending mutes the voices of the poor and marginalized in favor of those with the largest bankroll.

He outlined the organization’s concerns in opening a conference Oct. 1 sponsored by the Franciscan Action Network and the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America.

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