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    This diary makes a good point that starring in a political campaign is probably a full-time job for most. I think that it should command a decent living wage.

    My preference for campaign finance reform is a modified version of Lawrence Lessig's "grant and franklin" plan. Each taxpayer (any federal tax, including payroll) would get a $50 voucher from their tax money which they could spend on any campaign. They could supplement that with up to $100 of their own money.

    Unlike Lessig, I'd allow them to give it to any freely-available media instead of campaigns. Such media could not give anything back for voucher money, and would have to foreswear advertising income (conflict of interest).

    And now that I think of it, I'd let candidates earn a campagning salary of 10% of their donations or the median wage, whichever is less. That way, they could afford to campaign without a trust fund.

    Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

    by homunq on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 06:21:01 AM PST

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