• Matthew Diemer

Who's Going to Pay?

Yesterday, we talked a little bit about Citizens United, and how that decision made it THAT much harder for a grassroots campaign like the one I’m running to compete with a campaign that has unspecified BIG money behind it (like those of my Republican opponents).

Today, I want to talk about a possible solution.

Now, I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know that we need campaign finance reform. But I’d love to talk to you about this potential solution that’s been discussed for a while, implemented here and there, and could be great for politics in America if we got some details ironed out.

I’m talking about publicly funded elections.

Now, there are still a LOT of questions to be answered before we commit to this as a way forward.

I want to know what YOU think about it, so feel free to find me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to let me know what you think.

I think that it comes down to 2 main questions:

  • Who’s going to pay for it? (pretty straightforward)

  • How much will each candidate get?

  • Which begs more questions-- do we allocate funding by media market or position run for? What would be fair for different representative elections?

Personally, I believe that publicly funded elections would even the playing field. It would mean that people would truly be voting on the candidate they connect most strongly with, instead of the candidate who has successfully bombarded them with a ubiquitous and well-financed campaign.

Plus, it would discourage stunts like what happened with Cambridge Analytica in 2016...

Candidates would really have to run on the issues, their qualifications, and the case they make for being the people’s best possible representative.

I think it would bring a sea change for the better to our current political system, which, as we talked about yesterday, has been flooded with more money from corporations, special interest groups, and shadowy organizations than ever before.

But until I can get to Congress and work to enact these kinds of changes, I’m stuck right here, asking for money.

The more people donate, the more able I am to show that I am a viable candidate, and that the people are NOT giving up on Northeast Ohio, NOT giving up on a Democratic majority.


Thanks for reading, and talk soon.