Seattle’s Campaign Finance Idea

Podcast: Is fixing campaign finance as easy as giving everyone $100?

From: The Impact

Link: https://art19.com/shows/the-impact/episodes/6d21cb7c-402f-491d-acbd-c793678330cf

Summary: Seattle used an increase in property tax to give each of their 500,000 residents 4 $25 vouchers to donate to someone running for city office. It helped out a few candidates who wouldn’t have been able to run otherwise, and helped out people who wouldn’t have been able to donate otherwise, but only 72,000 of the 2 million vouchers were redeemed.

My thoughts: Seems like a bootstrapping problem. Instead of asking people for their vote you have to ask for their vouchers. But maybe you can start small and build a campaign as you collect more donations? Hopefully in subsequent years more people will learn about this program and participate in it because I like the idea of reducing the impact of wealthy doners on politicians’ agendas

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