A new system that uses public funds to provide multiple matching funds for small contributions would free candidates from being indebted to influence-buying funders.
The combination of such a new financing system with technological breakthroughs in raising small contributions online would revolutionize the way our campaigns are financed. Without this kind of alternative system to finance presidential and congressional candidates, a rigged and corrupt system in Washington will only grow worse.
The results of the midterm elections will determine what happens next in Congress and where the battle to challenge corruption in Washington goes in If Democrats win control of the House, Democratic leaders are publicly committed to move immediately to pass sweeping democracy reforms, including a new public matching funds system for federal candidates. In addition to campaign-finance reforms, the elements of the democracy reforms to be considered in a single package include voting rights, nonpartisan redistricting commissions, and executive branch and congressional ethics reforms.
If passed by the House early next year, the democracy reform package will move to the Senate where a tough battle will ensue over the next few years to enact the legislation into law.
The coming fight for fundamental reforms is a battle to restore the integrity and health of our democracy. It must be won.
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Several candidates who have taken donor cash from private-equity barons have remained silent about the threat posed by the industry. Voting rights advocates and litigators in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and other key states are fighting against gerrymandering—and reaping dividends just in time for Fred Wertheimer is president of Democracy 21, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes government integrity, accountability and transparency.
CED has developed recommendations for both policy makers and business leaders to adopt to decrease the impact of Crony Capitalism:. Business leaders must refrain from pursuing crony deals and become spokesmen for the importance of competition on a level playing field. Policy makers should implement a matching system for small-dollar contributions for federal elections that will make it possible for our elected policymakers to run without reliance on big-dollar donors.
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More states should move from election-based to appointment-based judicial systems, to end the unseemly reliance of prospective judges on contributions from individuals and interests who may later come before the bench. Create a commission-based appointment process to hold judges accountable.
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Develop judicial performance evaluation commissions. These independent and nonpartisan entities would be responsible for recommending whether a judge should be retained in office.
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Take action Find your representatives. Citizen-funded election systems mean: More ordinary people are able to run for public office Candidates spend more time listening to and meeting with their constituents, instead of consistently focusing on raising big money from just a handful of wealthy donors Elected officeholders are reflective of the community at large and share similar values and experiences with everyday voters Elected officials are less indebted to a narrow set of big money funders, and are more accountable to all voters Policies and laws are more responsive to public needs and less skewed by wealthy special interests A robust public campaign financing system cuts the corrupting influence of private campaign contributions out of our democracy.
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