Elections are in the public interest, designating the propriety of public works, impacting every single member of the public — so therefore we must have public financing for campaigns. When the candidate with the most money wins over 90 percent of the time, it’s not an election, it’s a rich kid’s birthday party.
Most people don’t have money to give away, let alone to people running for office. Those who give the biggest sums of money command the candidate’s attention (Sheldon Adelson circle jerk), and even though these donors already have plenty of money to shower on candidates, they are blowing millions in hopes to reap millions more.
This is what our democratic process has come to. No wonder voter turnout is at an historic low. Candidates have become NASCAR drivers, promoting their sponsors like it’s their job–which it is, because that is where their money is coming from. Instead of trying to make the case for public financing, the question should be, how can we nothave it?… Read the rest