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Demand To Get The Money Out Of Politics: A "one Demand" For Occupy Wall Street?

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Taking a typical, expensive US House campaign which now costs around $1 million, just 500 citizens in a typical 700,000 person district who contribute the maximum $2,000 would make up that $1 million, or 10,000 people contributing $100, or 100,000 people contributing $10 each. Thus the cost of what is considered a "modern campaign" is easily achievable with relatively small, local contributions, should that candidate generate a modicum of sincere enthusiasm. The difference is, it will be the constituents that the congressperson must answer to at election time, not outside money which can easily bury the voice of any meritorious challenger.

I hereby submit this proposal for debate and consideration of the General Assemblies and pertinent working groups of the Sovereign People of Occupy Wall Street.

SOURCES:

"Remote Control: U.S. House members raise 79% of campaign funds from outside their districts." (MAPlight.org, using data from the Center for Responsive Politics)
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"House Campaigns Get Most $ Outside Districts" (Hartford Courant)
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"Why the Wars Roll on: Ban Campaign Money From Outside the District" (TruthOut.org)
http://archive.truthout.org/090409A



MAPLight.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAPLight.org

"Challenging Buckley v. Valeo: A Legal Strategy" (Akron Law Review)
https://www.uakron.edu/law/lawreview/v33/docs/wright331.pdf

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Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He writes for Truth Out, Alternet, Consortium News, Op-Ed News, and other Internet media. He reported from Afghanistan in 2009 and produced a short documentary film on the (more...)
 
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