To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical. ~Thomas Jefferson
“Clean Elections”. . . “Campaign Finance Reform”. . . “Fair Elections”. . .
Those seem like desirable things, right? After all, we keep hearing the system “must be reformed!” Politicians and special interest groups insist our current system is dirty, broken, unfair, and creates a years-long election cycle with a non-stop barrage of attack ads that disrupt the peaceful serenity of our daily lives.
But all of these so-called “reform” bills – brought to you by some of the most well financed and powerful politicians and organizations in the country – are a smoke-screen that limits your First Amendment rights and forces you to fund candidate campaigns. . .
. . . even if you don’t like particular candidates. . .
. . . even if you detest a particular candidates’ political views. . .
. . . even if you would never willingly donate to a campaign and don’t want to be involved in politics at all.
We’re expected to believe our current system – where people choose whom they will support with their time and money – will be made pure by compelling people to fund the campaigns of all candidates by force.
And at the same time Public Campaign Financing is being pushed, other First Amendment-shredding bills called “Gag Acts” – which would allow politicians to secure their power in office by silencing the grassroots – are gaining ground in legislatures nationwide.
Public Campaign Financing is nothing but a smokescreen designed to silence opposition to the establishment.
It forces citizens’ to financially support politicians they don’t agree with or have no desire to support.
Campaign donations - or the lack thereof - are one means by which constituents might choose to hold legislators accountable for their voting records. Forced donations actually remove the constituents’ ability to hold legislators accountable.
Public Campaign Financing legislation is being pursued in states across the country and at the federal level. Supporters of the legislation demonize private giving, as if donating your own time and money by your free will should be a crime.
Where Does My State Stand on This Issue?
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 13 states now provide some form of Public Campaign Financing.
They are: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
So What Can You Do?
Check out your state Campaign for Liberty page here to see if they are currently working on this issue. (Be sure to check back often for new battles.)
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