The Score on Campaign Reform
[Last Modified on 2006.12.03]
The current campaigning techniques and allowances are not conducive to fair, rational politicking and a valid representation of the candidates running for office. These campaign methods must be regulated.
- Campaign ads that attack elements of a candidate's history or personality that bear no relevance to his or her ability to hold office cannot be permitted. The facts of what a candidate did 30 years ago are irrelevant. The facts of what candidates do in their private sex lives are irrelevant.
- All campaign ads must be checked for factual accuracy and context — declaring that a candidate voted against a single issue 98 times, but failing to note the bullshit riders that were included on those bills or that there were actually only 8 individual bills that each required a dozen votes, should be impermissible.
- Campaign finance reform is required. There must be caps on the amount of money a candidate can apply to running a campaign. This country was founded on the principle that "anyone" can run for office; the current environment of highly financed campaigns grants unfair advantages to those candidates with access to more financial resources. In addition, the incumbent candidate should not be permitted to use the resources of his or her office to run a campaign for re-election.
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