Regardless of political affiliation, 84 percent of Americans agree that money has too much influence on political campaigns. Our elected representatives have been compromised by the unrelenting need to raise funds for the next election. They spend their time courting campaign donors instead of doing the job they were elected to do. Clearly, our democracy needs a major tune-up.
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have spoken out about the corruption involved in the system, but no one has prioritized fixing it, until now.
I am supporting Larry Lessig. Lessig is a Harvard Law School professor and Democratic presidential candidate running as a “referendum president,” with the goal to pass one statute, the Citizen Equality Act of 2017. This act brings systemic changes that will stem corruption and make the electoral process more transparent and inclusive.
If passed, this act would allow members of Congress to align themselves with their constituents’ needs instead of “where the money is.”
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We must restore the people’s representation in government first before tackling the many other critical issues. Check out the plan at https://lessig 2016.us. Eliminating the corruption of money in politics is so important that it needs to be the first priority of the next president.