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  •  It's never too late to get involved. (2+ / 0-)
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    markthshark, mightymouse

    Visit, e.g., fairvote.org or, if you're inclined, investigate your state's local efforts along those lines.

    Election reform across the political spectrum, from dog-catcher to Chief Executive, is far more important and meaningful than campaign finance law, in my opinion.

    You can still vote LOTE (Democrats, presumably, since you're here on DKos) while putting your activism efforts in places that actually might make a difference (as opposed to donating to or working for Democratic Party candidates who don't have a record of supporting election reform--and not just a rhetorical record).

    •  But how do you achieve the former without... (1+ / 0-)
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      the latter? Big money can stop a campaign just as quick and efficiently as it can start one.

      Election reform across the political spectrum, from dog-catcher to Chief Executive, is far more important and meaningful than campaign finance law, in my opinion.

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:34:42 AM PST

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      •  I'd even say money can stop it faster than start (3+ / 0-)
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        a campaign.  It's almost always easier to tear stuff down than to build something up.  The Republicans and smear merchants (and even some Democrats) have learned this lesson and they apply it ruthlessly.

      •  Consider the Fair Districts amendments here in FL (1+ / 0-)
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        for example. The key is to essentially just take for granted that Big Money (and, in the case of election reform, both major parties) is going to fight tooth and nail any effort, press on and build a critical mass of popular support.

        The F.D. amendments in Florida were viciously opposed by members of both political parties, the state legislature (who attempted to get the Amendments thrown off the ballot) and Big Money, but passed with fairly healthy margins because enough people had finally grown tired enough of the status quo to overcome the opposition.

        This is the sort of thing that requires a certain minimum momentum to get rolling. As long as "two parties is all we got; no sense in even trying for something better" prevails, the efforts will fail. On the other hand, as soon as enough people "get over it", so to speak, it can be made a reality.

        Campaign finance reform is at best indirectly related to actual reform.

        Besides, as I noted elsewhere, I don't think Big Money has as much influence as people think these days.

        •  I don't think the ink was even dry before... (0+ / 0-)

          the goons in Tallahassee were already figuring out how to get around them. Valiant efforts though. I voted for both of 'em.

          Consider the Fair Districts amendments here in FL
          We need a new legislature.

          "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

          by markthshark on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:26:04 AM PST

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