Why we need public funding for our elections

April 26, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More

Members of Congress are supposed to assert independence regarding their deliberations and actions, but it has long been clear that campaign cash corrupts this entire process.

In the video below, Lawrence Lessig succinctly makes the case that corporate contributions have made a farce out of Congress. Truly, how can Senator Scott Brown (featured in the video) take a position opposing a bill when he doesn’t even know why? Rather than considering the merits of the financial reform legislation with an open mind, Scott Brown is giving the terms of the bill no consideration. Instead of understanding the bill, then weighing the pros and cons, he is merely granting the wishes of his biggest contributors, who happen to be big corporations.  This is political malpractice, and We the People deserve far better than this. This is the equivalent of turning on your kitchen faucet and hoping for clear water, but seeing only raw sewage come out. The “Congress” we have is not a functioning Congress.  Because it is devoid of the critical deliberative function that should serve as it’s heart and soul, it is a charade and it should be the highest priority of this country to Fix Congress.

The solution Lawrence Lessig proposes is to enact a law called the Fair Elections Now Act, which will allow publicly-funded elections. One such bill is currently pending in Congress: the Fair Elections Now Act. You can read the full text of the Senate version of the bill here.

If you click on the “Take Action” page, you can encourage additional sponsors for this desperately needed legislation. There are many co-sponsors to both the Senate and House versions of the bill, but there is a long way to go. It would only take you five or ten minutes to review the bill, and make a few calls to voice your support to your representatives.

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Category: Campaign Finance Reform, Corruption

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Richard Eskow of Huffpo:

    "The GOP has now gone on record officially as saying it wants to block the Senate from even discussing a financial reform bill. They don't want to let the American people see and hear a debate on this topic from their Senators. When it comes to financial reform, they don't want the democratic process to take place at all."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/shorting-d

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