Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 21, 2011, 12:11 p.m. EST by aphrodite837
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I am serious about a call to action for campaign finance reform. I have been posting do people on different threads. (if I've lost a conversation with a particular individual, I apologize.) If there is anyone out there who is willing to push for change, please let me know on this post. The first thing that I need to figure out is if we should work for this through OWS or in parallel and then seek support from OWS.
Here is my original post:
Our election system is broken, which has created a system of government beholden to the wealthy at the expense of the majority. Could we find a way to get the money out of politics? I have an idea. Individuals wishing to run for an office would need to obtain a certain number of signatures (the number to be dependent on the level of office). They would then be placed on the ballot and receive a specific amount of money from a general election fund (the amount to also be dependent on the level of office). They could only spend that money on their election - no donations, none of their own money. The general election fund could come from a small tax (perhaps 0.5%). My thought with this idea is that everyday individuals could run for office, not just the wealthy. Elected individuals would not be wasting their time fundraising. They would also not be indebted to the wealthy and corporations. I have no idea how to get a system like this in place. The people currently in office would not agree to something that would most likely cost them their jobs. Any thoughts?
P.S. Although I am unable to be physically there with you, I support you!