I am sure that most Americans realize just how much it costs to campaign these days. Thanx to Citizens United it will get more and more expensive. Think about it….last election it cost damn near a billion dollars to run for the office of president.
Personally, I would like to see all elections publicly funded….people would pay a fee as in a tax filing every year….no more dark money or PAC interference. Each candidate would have an election budget spent however they see fit but no additional money when it is all gone.
This political system needs reforming…..it has gotten out of hand……and wasteful.
The goals behind the public financing of elections have shifted. The old dream of completely eliminating big, private money from politics has been dashed by Citizens United and other court rulings.
“It’s probably not a realistic goal in any case,” says Michael Malbin, executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute. “People who are interested in politics have many ways of influencing the political system.”
Now, the hope among some advocates of publicly financed campaigns is to impose limits on the size and scope of campaign treasuries while increasing citizen involvement. To do that, reformers are promoting the use of matching funds and so-called democracy vouchers, which allow citizens to steer government money directly to the candidates of their choice.
If we are serious about the slogan…”Of the people, by the people and for the people” then this reform is a necessity.
Of courser as badly as it is needed reform is not forthcoming…..cash can buy at lot things….can keep things as they are today.
We will truly have the “best government money can buy”…..