One of the great sources of imbalance in our society is the staggering amount of money that flows through our political system. A 2014 study by Princeton University concluded that, “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy,” while the views of special interest groups and especially the economic elite stand a far greater chance of being shaped into policy.
Can this possibly be surprising? Our elected officials’ status and lifestyle are in large part dependent on the donations they receive to fund their election campaigns, the moneyed interests have plenty to give, and so politicians will naturally go out of their way cater to the needs of those interests.
Rather than dance around with the term “money in politics,” I will call it what it is: Corruption.
I pledge that so long as I am in public life, I will never take campaign contributions from any corporations or their affiliated PACs.
Furthermore, I propose a law that will outlaw the legal corruption that runs our politics, called the Maryland Anti-Corruption Act. It will include the following provisions:
This will not be an easy fight; the entrenched powers will fight their absolute hardest to resist this reform. This law represents the pinnacle of what I hope to achieve in state government, and I will need your support well past any given election to make it happen.