Regardless of the issues we fight for, change is a long and difficult struggle made more attritional by the influence of money in politics. That’s why ending the blight of big money in our politics must be our first task.

But with Congress stalled, further progress on this issue requires the president to take bold and unilateral action.

The president can address a serious flaw in our political system. Currently, corporate behemoths like Chevron, Verizon, Lockheed Martin and even companies owned by the Koch Brothers profit from taxpayer-subsidized contracts.

But what’s more outrageous: With the profits that these corporations receive from government contracts, they can secretly spend unlimited amounts of money to elect (and re-elect) the same lawmakers responsible for awarding them those same contracts. It’s an ongoing cycle of corruption, and the loser is the American taxpayer.

With a stroke of a pen, the president can shine a light on crony capitalism by requiring these corporations to disclose their political spending. That’s why, the first week of April, dozens of rallies will be held all across the United States to bring attention to this issue. April 2 is symbolic for the 2014 Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC that struck down the aggregate limits on the amount an individual may contribute during a two-year period to all federal candidates, parties and political action committees combined.

The New Orleans Anti-Corruption Coalition’s planned rally will be April 1 to put New Orleans on the map.

Please join us, and your neighbors, on Wednesday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Camp and South Maestri streets in downtown New Orleans. Fighting back against entrenched special interest groups is a difficult task, and the president must demonstrate courage to take them on. Join us so that our many voices across the country will be heard as one.

Janet Hays

member, New Orleans Anti-Corruption Coalition

New Orleans