Let’s discuss some real campaign reform. Didn’t some reform get passed a few years ago that wouldn’t allow an individual to contribute an excessive amount of money to a campaign or cause? What happened to that? It obviously didn’t work out.
We now have Political Action Committees that are abusing contributions to candidates.
Here’s my suggestion: Eliminate any restriction on giving. Then require that half of all campaign contributions go to a nonprofit organization for humanitarian purposes (not to Save Poodles from Harassment and Humiliation Foundation), but to hurricane relief, the Food Bank, or breast cancer research; there are thousands of legitimate nonprofits that would qualify.
Think about it. Millions, possibly billions, of dollars would be funneled to organizations that normally receive government grants and minimal donations to survive. In doing this, we could reduce tax dollars spent, thus reducing taxes, and nonprofits would receive more money to benefit humanitarian causes.
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The big plus — we would have less hollow political campaigning, yet we would also have the benefit of seeing who the candidates and supporters contribute to, which would help the voter better understand the individual running.
I think it is a win-win. Less money spent by our government, less campaigning, more money going to humanitarian causes. We all benefit. What do you think?