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July 01, 2012

Re "Union dues and don'ts," Editorial, June 27

"A union can't force nonmembers to pay for its political causes, the Supreme Court rightly reaffirmed." What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Using the Supreme Court's and the editorial board's logic regarding unions accessing special dues for political reasons, corporations should be required to get an "opt-in" before contributing shareholders' money to a "political campaign they didn't support." If, as the court majority stated, "This aggressive use of power [by unions] is indefensible," it should also be for corporations.

If corporations had to follow the same rules as everyone else instead of all the favored considerations bestowed on them by the Supreme Court and

Congress, it might shed some dim but much-needed light on their unbridled corruption of the political process.

Michael F. Outhouse

Sierra Madre

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