Published May 7, 2006
Congress would only have to spend $6 per citizen per year to publicly fund each and every election for the House, the Senate and the White House. When you consider that "pork barrel" projects cost every one of us more than $200 last year alone, itxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s no contest.
Think of it. With public funding, wealthy special interests and their hired lobbyists would no longer have a commanding influence over our politics and government. Instead of begging for campaign donations, candidates would spend their time communicating with voters. Once elected, our leaders would be free to focus on our nation's challenges rather than having to worry about financing their next campaign. And there's no doubt that more of our most able leaders would run for federal office when the ability to finance a campaign isn't such a daunting obstacle.
Americans for Campaign Reform is building a nonpartisan grassroots movement of citizens who support voluntary public funding and want Congress to act now. We can make this happen. Public funding is already working in Arizona and Maine, and was just passed by the Connecticut legislature.
As citizens we can complain about the corrosive influence of our election finance system, or we can do something about it.
Monday, 08 May, one of our guests will be the founder and president of this movement(www.just6dollars.org):
John Rauh, PRESIDENT
John was the founder of Americans for Campaign Reform. He served as President of Cincinnati, Ohio's independent political party, the Charter Committee, from 1969 to 1975. In 1992, John was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire. He was a board member of Common Cause from 1998 to 2002.
John joined Clopay Corporation in 1961, serving as its Chief Executive Officer from 1975 to 1985. He has been active on the boards of numerous civic and educational organizations, chairing the board of the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2002.
John received his AB and MBA degrees from Harvard University. He was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government in 1989 and 1990