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Letter: Bring Democracy back

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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:30 pm

There is consensus that our government is not working and that Washington is broken. How do we get out of this rut? The old adage holds true when solving this case, “follow the money.”

Most legislators come to Washington ready to accomplish great things for their constituents back home only to be told they need to plan on spending 40 percent or more of their time raising money for the next campaign. Amazingly, there are lots of people who have agendas and money to help, but at what price? Legislators are pulled this way and that way and find that at the end of the day, money controls their political choices and political life. With the McCutcheon ruling now allowing unlimited donations directly to the candidate, money will control politics more than ever before, especially at the state level.

It’s no wonder politicians might campaign one way and then once elected come up with an entirely new agenda. Why? It’s the money. Therefore, if we want to clean up Washington and the state capitols, and get the politicians working again, we need to get the money out of politics. Here is how:

1. Publicly fund all federal and state elections.

2. Stop all contributions to PACS, candidates, and parties.

3. Shorten the time for campaigning and limit the amount of money to be spent for each race.

In survey after survey, about 80 percent of the people agree, whether Democrat or Republican, that we need to get the money out of politics. Other countries have done it. I say get the money out of politics and brig back democracy to America.

Bob Lynne


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