#12. MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: GET BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS
Over the past two months, the videos I’ve done with MoveOn.org
have detailed several ways to make the economy work for the many, not the few:
raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, making public higher education free,
busting up the big banks, expanding Social Security, making polluters pay, raising
the estate tax, strengthening unions, ending corporate welfare, helping families
succeed economically, and letting all Americans buy into Medicare.
But none of these is possible if we don’t get big money out of
In fact, nothing we need to do as a nation is possible unless we limit the political power of the moneyed interests.
So we made one more video – the one accompanying this post – and
it’s incredibly important you share this one, too.
At the rate we’re going, the 2016 election is likely to be the most expensive in history – and the moneyed interests will be responsible for most of it. Our democracy is
broken, and we must fix it.
Easy to say, but how do we do it?
First and most
immediately, require full disclosure of all original sources of campaign money – so the public knows
who’s giving what to whom, and can hold politicians accountable if they do
favors for contributors while neglecting their responsibilities to all of us.
If Congress won’t enact a law requiring such full disclosure, the Federal
Election Commission has the power to do it on its own and the SEC can do it for
public corporations – which, by the way, are major campaign spenders.
Meanwhile, the President should issue an executive order
requiring all federal contractors to fully disclose their political
contributions. There’s a growing movement to encourage him to do just that.
Next, our government
should provide matching funds for small-donor
Originally appeared at: http://robertreich.org/post/122221596470
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