It may take some time to get real campaign finance reform such as Donor/Voter (next item below). Until then there is one thing we can do in Oregon...I challenge the entire Congressional delegation from Oregon to give up their reliance on "Big Money" and make a pledge to serve people. That's a call to Bonamici, Walden, Blumenauer, DeFazio, and Schrader to end their dependence on lobbyists and super PACS. With a unified voice we can take back our democracy and represent citizens once again.
Oregon's current Congressional delegation receives 59% of their campaign money from PACs.**
I propose that campaign donors need to be registered voters.
We can keep the current contribution limits of $5400 per individual donor per election***, allowing campaign contributions only from people who are registered to vote.
It's a simple idea but the consequences are significant and we can reclaim our power as voters. We could end the power of special interests and out of state super PACs that use legal tricks to claim a right to spend millions in our district. This solution will prevent rich outsiders from controlling our elections.
Why do we start campaigning almost TWO YEARS before the next election? This is tiresome and cruel to the voters.
Let's limit the election cycle to 90 days and be done with it.
Members of congress are already barred from soliciting campaign contributions from their congressional offices. They need to walk down the street to call-centers where they spend hours per day 'dialing for dollars'.
Let's also limit campaigning to those times when congress is NOT IN SESSION. This is the only way we can be sure they are actually doing the work we sent them there to do. We elected them, it's about time we told them: "Do your Job!"
I have to laugh when someone who has been in congress for 30 plus years talks about their 'service' while they've grown fat and rich. We need real term limits to end the bloat and the corruption.
** opensecrets.org, as of 03/2018.
*** Primary and General elections are currently counted separately at $2,700 each.