One reason I’m running for Congress against Nancy Pelosi is because, like many Americans, I want the influence of big money out of politics. Speaker Pelosi’s fundraising strength has been called her greatest asset, but what has been good for party politics has been disastrous for democracy and ordinary Americans.
Last year’s midterm elections were the most expensive in American history, with just 10 individual donors funneling more than $436 million to Super PACs. This trend will only continue.
Americans are not happy with the status quo of money in politics, overwhelmingly supporting limits on political campaign spending:
Replacing dollars with dialogue
I'm inspired by Larry Diamond at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford. His work in deliberative polling ([link removed]) , designed for voters to arrive at decisions that are both representative and thoughtful, has been piloted over 100 times...and shows that much of our divisiveness can be removed ([link removed]) too.
Another source of inspiration is presidential candidate Andrew Yang's Democracy Dollars proposal, providing $100 to every American to give to their favorite candidate - something already piloted in Seattle to great effect.
Such efforts help us imagine what is possible when the influence of money is removed from politics. Your donation will help us reclaim a democracy that is of, by and for the people, and not corporate PACs!
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Our campaign will not take corporate PAC money - we agree with the 77% of Americans who want to see limits on political campaign spending, who say no to the status quo ([link removed]) of big money influence in politics.
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