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  •  Insist on public funding. Make it an issue. (6+ / 0-)

    Start building it up and using it as a bar. Demand it. Fairness and inequality have become issues in no small part because of the blogosphere and activists calling for it. Actually lots of conservatives hate special interests as well, in the end I don't think it's a one sided issue. But if we don't start asking every time for politicians to take a position on it, we won't find a way to take money out of the hands of politicians, starting with Democrats. It won't happen if we don't push it.

    But I believe only the Democratic party could more quickly make the transition.  I think incumbents and populists will find themselves with the edge if Washington delivers fairness and opportunity for all.

    Ask for limited campaigns of maybe 3 months before an election. Stop all fundraising between campaign seasons and make them stay on the job. Make them campaign on a level playing field with the same resources where they must respond to the voters. Full disclosure for anything over maybe $500.00 from anyone (humans only please) for any political contributions. No ifs ands or buts.

    But if we don't make voter owned elections a demand or expect a long wait time.

    •  It is the Democratic party that abandoned public (1+ / 0-)
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      funding at the Presidential level.

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      by dinotrac on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:18:47 PM PST

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      •  Yes. So it's time to say enough (4+ / 0-)

        I will even say that I understand why Obama did what he did in 2008 as a strategy and even in that one instance, I think he needed the financial buffer. He's also received a lot of contributions of less than $200.00 from people in both campaigns.

        But everything I said above stands. If activists don't demand that we undo it big time, politics in DC or anywhere won't change much.

        •  Fair enough. But the question now is this: (0+ / 0-)

          How do you get the parties to go along with that?
          I suspect this is one of those places where a two party spectrum is inferior to multi-parties.

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          by dinotrac on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 08:32:02 AM PST

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          •  make it a fundemental issue and don't let go of it (0+ / 0-)

            If people on this site simply diaried about it daily, it would start gaining strength as an important issue. The change won't happen over night. Like many things we fight for it will take time. And yet as inequality becomes more of an issue in the public's mind this is a good time to start. When enough Americans insist on it, then we'll see a change. Most voters feel short changed by the numerous special interests which have more sway with their representatives than the majorities who voted them in.

            It's the most broken thing about our political system. It's an obvious fix which needs to be made.

    •  I'd be stunned if all the money spent on all (2+ / 0-)
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      political advertising added up to 5% of the value of the massively slanted "coverage" provided by the Media Trusts.

      Welcome to the Whole Foods of the blogosphere.

      by JesseCW on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 10:06:19 PM PST

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