Simply Backwards

Newt Gingrich has an interesting approach to widespread congressional scandal and voter dissatisfaction: roll back existing campaign finance reforms. His argument, defeatist at best, seems to suggest that since existing regulations haven't stemmed the tide of money, they should be overturned. What about pursuing an alternative that makes elections about more than Clean Elections?


The answer to our campaign finance predicament in which money flows from myriad sources into the same ad-driven, substance-lite battle of the almighty dollar that has come to characterize our elections is not to play whack-a-mole with individual sources of contributions, but nor is it to ignore money's influence. The best opportunity to turn a corner and bring progress-oriented vitality back to our electoral process is to pursue full public financing: make it not about money, but about voters, ideas, and change.