The very idea of Wall Street money being thrown into the coffers of Democratic or Republican candidates should be concerning to all voters.

Cynthia Dill (“Clinton’s lucrative Wall Street speeches? Progressive,” Maine Sunday Telegram, Page D1, Feb. 7) has chosen to put on blinders and condone speech fees and assume that somehow the person receiving them is immune to political persuasion.

What Bernie Sanders is trying to get across is that this kind of money can corrupt even honest people and therefore should not be allowed.

If we are going to maintain a “democracy” and not a “kleptocracy,” these massive amounts of money need to be eliminated from our election process. Shame on you, Cynthia!

What Bernie Sanders is trying to get across is the very idea that this kind of money has the potential to distort one’s decisions no matter how honest they might be.

Jake Hawkins

Arundel