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  •  The single best thing we can do to fix it... (6+ / 0-)

    ... is to take private money almost entirely out of elections. Members of congress respond to the need for campaign funding essentially by selling their votes to those who can pay. However, I think many of them would rather not.

    There truly are a lot of people out there who would like to run for office and craft sensible policies to solve problems. Many of them are here at Daily Kos. Some of them are already in elected office. Removing the distorting effect of private campaign contributions would free those representatives to work toward policies that reflect their own ideals and those of their constituents.

    Another benefit of eliminating the money would be to shift the terrain on which campaigns are run, replacing those awful, ubiquitous campaign commercials with some other form of discourse. (That's actually a great selling point for this kind of campaign finance reform -- no more commercials!)

    The second and third best things we can do are to eliminate the perks and favors that lobbyists can bestow and finding some way to put a stop to the "revolving door" phenomenon between government oversight/regulation and private industry.

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    *** All our work toward economic and social justice won't matter the slightest bit unless we start reversing global warming right now. ***

    by CupaJoe on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:25:55 PM PDT

    •  There is no way to easily take the big money out (0+ / 0-)

      of elections.

      The big money isn't the donations.  It's how the media trusts cover or do not cover the issues and campaigns.

      The purchased advertisements add up to something like 6% of all the political content Americans see on their televisions over the course of a year.

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:00:30 AM PDT

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