Margaret Moore (Photo: Your Turn)

Much ado has been made this past election cycle about the influence of big business interests in our local elections. Rightfully so: The influence of organized money in local politics has a significant impact on major decisions about the future of our community and quality of life for all of us.

Every resident of Tallahassee has a right to advocate for their interests, including business owners and major landowners. When a handful of wealthy insiders and the multiple entities they control create a political machine to financially support and run political advertisements for their chosen candidates, the voices of everyday people are inevitably drowned out. We are right to question if an entity that donates thousands of dollars through shell corporations and that has business before the City Commission may have interests beyond the