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Reply #17: Basically, pass a constitutional amendment mandating publicly funded elections. [View All]

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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:38 AM
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17. Basically, pass a constitutional amendment mandating publicly funded elections.
Edited on Mon Aug-24-09 01:41 AM by Selatius
Hell, it wouldn't even have to be a constitutional amendment. All you need to do is pass a bill that makes it far easier to mount an election campaign on public funding than on private funding, and in time, most of the politicians would be running on the public funding system. Add in a provision to provide additional funding if outspent by the opponent, and you're making the "public option" in elections even more attractive to politicians who habitually love to cover their own ass and take the easy way out.

If politicians ran on the public funding mechanism, they would not have to listen to very wealthy interests because they're afraid of losing a lot of funding come the next election. Of course, if one were to try to pass a public elections reform bill, all the corporate lobbyists would see this coming from 10,000 miles away and would no doubt try to bribe politicians into thinking it is also a bad idea, like how single-payer is a "bad" idea.
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