Today's Poll: Should campaigns for state office be publicly financed?
No. All this will accomplish is to strengthen the stranglehold the 2 main parties already have on state politics. It will make it darn near impossible for any political parties other than republocrats and demicans to challenge them. This should be named "The Incumbent Protection Act". Transparency and full disclosure is the key, not limits. If Andy wants a new law and he seems to love more laws; how about making candidates wear their sponsor's logos on a jacket, like a NASCAR driver. Also, I don't want a donor's dollar to be matched by 6 dollars of taxpayer money to fund a political campaign. Even if it's someone I support, that is so wrong on so many levels.
The only reason big money is a problem in politics is because there is big money in big government. Reduce government, get rid of the public authority system and stop making so damn many laws that create winners and losers. Let the free market work then corporations and billionaires won't be interested in buying politicians anymore. Reduce taxes, so there isn't as much of the public's money to steal.
It's not that complicated.
Also, this creates another bureaucracy to manage the money distribution. Don't we have more state agencies than we need deciding how to spend our money already?
I also do not think the public should fund primaries for ANY parties, let alone the two parties who merrily sap the system for themselves. If you form a party, select your candidates however you want and put them up for vote. We have enough theatrics from Hollywood - take care of your political drama on your own dime. And engage ALL candidates in equal time debates.
I agree, primaries should be paid for by the party, not the taxpayer.
Who would pay for the debates and who should decide who gets to debate?
Dave, two BIG thumbs up! Well said.
Thanks Jeff ! It's just a little common sense. Sadly lacking more and more from Albany.
Albany is certainly lacking in sense - which is why the taxpayer is lacking in cents.