What I want.
*Repeal of Citizens United
*Only publicly funded campaigns for federal offices.
*No self funded campaigns. Like Trey Hollingsworth.
*Fundraising caps for local and state offices.
*Limit campaign advertising to 6 weeks prior to election.
Money is the poisonous root of all politics. It is unrealistic to think that campaigns, candidates and elected representatives are going to run their campaigns without money. However, I do believe that campaign finance in conjunction with Citizens United has rendered the election process completely corrupt and therefore worthless. In my view, candidates that need to fund raise and spend such excessive and perverse amounts of money to win an election are deficient in their ability to hold office.
Quality candidates to choose from on election day are the result of personally invested Americans, not money. Money doesn't fix stupid, and it certainly can't buy intelligence for our representatives. Much of the information I have sourced regarding a candidate's attributes concludes that people view and even favor their political leaders as dumb, confident and benign. I have to concur those traits seem to dominate in politics, but I don't have to accept it. Neither should you.
So how do so many dumb or corrupt politicians get elected? Money. Of course money translates to advertising and other campaign momentum, and that does have value when used responsibly. What it can't do is make our problems go away if all we do is try to outspend each other to win. Money doesn't equate to competence.