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Campaign Finance Revolution

Several Occupy Wall Street splinter groups are now coalescing around a set of political demands. One that is long overdue and enjoys unanimous support is campaign finance reform. All the formulas that I have seen center on publicly funded elections. While this would be a huge step in the right direction, I would like to propose a very simple and more radical idea which would truly be a campaign finance revolution.

American elections in their current form constitute nothing less than an auction, where billionaire banksters use a variety of corporate and PAC fronts to appoint the person they believe will be most subservient to their agenda.

In nearly every election at every level the candidate who raises the most money wins. Period. Why bother allowing people to even vote? Simply crown the candidate who raises the most money victor and drop the pretense that democracy exists in America. The voting process simply legitimizes the fraud.

The reason money wins elections is simple. It boils down to television ads. One thing all Americans excel at is watching TV. The candidate who has the most money can run the most TV ads and destroy his/her opponent. A 30-second TV ad on one of the major networks runs around $50,000.

When I ran for Congress in 2004 I couldn’t afford even one such ad. Since I refused to accept corporate money I raised only $17,000. My opponent – perennial incumbent Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) – raised her usual $1 million from the likes of Bank of America, WalMart, Annheuser Busch, etc.

I did some radio and newspaper ads and personally handed out over 100,000 campaign brochures. We hit every parade and festival. We went door-to-door to every small business in 28 counties and did the same at people’s homes in many cities. We clearly outworked our opponent. But it didn’t matter. She had the corporate cash and was appointed by the banksters to serve them for another term.

One thing a person dwells upon incessantly when they find themselves in a rigged game is how to fix it. So while campaign finance reform was one of my issues right out of the gate, my views on how to achieve this evolved as I began to learn how political campaigns actually work.

Publicly funded elections would surely be a great step towards leveling the playing field, especially after the Supreme Court passed Citizens United, opening the spigots to record amounts of bankster-front cash. But if we fund elections through a public surtax, yet continue to allow such enormous amounts of money to be spent, we ignore another culprit in perpetuating the current fraud – the corporate media.

Like every other industry in America, the media has seen an unprecedented concentration of economic power in the hands of a few companies. Following a slew of mergers over the past few decades, the entire media is now tightly controlled by the banksters.

Running a TV or radio station is extremely profitable. Overhead consists of a tower, a small building and a handful of employees. Ad revenue is highly lucrative to say the least.

Each TV or radio station must first obtain a license to operate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This license does not cost very much, so essentially US taxpayers are subsidizing these media conglomerates.

In return for such public generosity, the least we can ask of these media titans is that come election time they allocate a certain number of advertising slots to each candidate for FREE. They could also be made to air a certain number of debates.

If we did this one simple thing, money would no longer be necessary to run a solid political campaign and the best candidate should win. We could cap fundraising at $50,000 per candidate ($250,000 for the Presidential election). That would be more than enough to cover travel expenses, yard signs, brochures and some newspaper ads.

This method should also be more agreeable to fiscal conservatives, since NO public money need be expended on elections.

It is the difference between reform and revolution. Do we ask the public to finance elections or should we mandate that the bankster media foot the bill as part of their FCC licensing agreement. I believe nothing short of revolution will suffice in restoring democracy to America.

Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com

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8 thoughts on “Campaign Finance Revolution

  1. Yes, but not just the TV allocated spots, but NEWSPAPERS should also do the same as most of the are also controlled by the same “chosen few”. Each paper would allocate a set amount of equal space side by side with the other candidates. So that the voters could compare one against the other.
    Still and above all of that, there must be a way to easily remove someone that does not follow through on the promises of their platform.

    Posted by Rich Ladbrook | January 19, 2012, 2:40 pm
  2. Do courtrooms pay TV stations to broadcast their cases? Of course not- so why is it that the Legislative and Executive branches are allowed to by pass this by purchasing air time on networks at all? It obviously corrupts the system as a whole. I have said before had Thomas Jefferson foreseen the coming of the industrial revolution and the amount of money that one man could amass or company for that matter.. we would not only have a separation of church and state- but of capital and state as well.

    Posted by Chad Dysart | January 19, 2012, 9:05 pm
  3. I respectfully disagree with your comment –Chad. Thomas Jefferson would swallow a 357 magnum and blown his brains out had he foreseen the future. Correction they only had muskets back then. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson is a flag! Anytime he is mentioned the email gets sent to D.A.R.P.A. then you are put on the “home grown terrorist list” We are all responsible for this mess. We should have taken action earlier and now the wolf is standing outside the door.

    Posted by Arthur F. Temple | January 20, 2012, 10:57 am
  4. Understand, I think. So you either would make PR-agencies, advertising companies and the media serve politicians for free and to the same extent during an election, or you need a state financed election office which does all this work for the candidates for free and equally distributed, while banning all other means to support or finance an election. Is it that?

    That could actually kill the inequality, but the chances to get something like that are nill, even in Europe, where we are considerably closer to equal chances during elections compared to the USA.

    In our concept, by the way, there are hardly any elections as we know them today, because the principle of representation is not based on frequent election and re-election – actually people are elected into their office, but for lifetime – but there is a continuous campaign for de-election: People are removed from office anytime when a certain quorum expressed their dislike of this person (generally 50% of the electorate), and only then a replacement needs to be elected. People can stay in office for decades, if they serve their people well, and don*t need to spend time, effort and resources for frequent re-elections. And yes, in this model the campaigns, if they take place, are completely financed by the community, in the same manner and to the same extend for anyone applying for office, so we are on the same page, if I understood you correctly.

    But I’m afraid this provokes more questions then it delivers answers, so please wait a little more till I have written it all down for you to read on the web.

    Posted by Rabert von Dahrenhorst | January 21, 2012, 3:06 pm
  5. I just today stumbled upon this. You may find it interesting in the context of this blog entry: http://longnow.org/seminars/02012/jan/17/how-money-corrupts-congress-and-plan-stop-it/, a 90 minute podcast (click on “Click to listen”).

    Posted by Rabert von Dahrenhorst | January 28, 2012, 2:59 pm
  6. How about simply limiting that campaign contributions can only come from individual registered voters from the district that the politician would represent. This makes the politician accountable to the voters, not the corporations.

    Posted by Nordic Guy | September 28, 2012, 5:40 pm
  7. Any article not mentioning the jewish supremacism we live under can’t be considered serious.
    We must frist destroy the jewish crime network. Then we can discuss how to make a better system.

    Posted by Bugler | September 29, 2012, 1:20 am

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