I've been reading the comments on the post below and seeing a mix of excitement over the possibilities ahead and healthy skepticism about the committment of the new Congress towards reforming our campaign finance system. I have to say, the energy in these comments is very encouraging for our efforts to bring Clean Elections to Congress!
Will Galloway, writing a guest editorial for the Cincinnati Inquirer, shares this sense that this last election, with its outsized ad wars and estimated $2.8 billion price tag, has provided the most compelling argument yet for comprehensive campaign finance reform. Though he doesn't mention Clean Elections specifically, many of the principles he outlines track with the objectives of public financing: give candidates the opportunity to run without special interest money, and make the campaign about the issues on the table, not the money/advertising war. He concludes:
Money has entirely too much influence over the laws that are written in this country. Elections should be about choosing the best representatives, and Americans should be able to look at the facts and make those decisions on their own. This was not the case in this election, and unfortunately, without change, it is only going to get worse.
Now that the American public has made clear that corruption (and accountability) play a major role in how they cast their vote, we are in a position of power to demand they heed the call for reform.