California and the United States are Republics, not true democratic states, due to vote count distortions like first past the post and gerrymandered districts, which all mathematically decay into single party +1 states of unequal representation. Well known voting methods that require only trivial ballot changes, studied by institutions like The Center For Election Science, can mitigate the effects and unearned power ...more »
"Bruce Ackerman and Ian Ayres build on the example of the secret ballot and propose a system of "secret donation booths" for campaign contributions. They unveil a plan in which the government provides each voter with a special credit card account containing fifty "Patriot dollars" for presidential elections. To use this money, citizens go to their local ATM machine and anonymously send their Patriot dollars to their favorite ...more »
Legislators in our state (our country) have an unspoken but clearly evident drive to be reelected or to move to a higher office. This desire biases every bill they vote on because they need to raise money for the next election. Also professional politicians have the advantage of running campaigns while they are "working for the public". No other citizen has that ability. The proposed referendum will mandate the following ...more »
we debate campaign finance and lobbying because we all see it for what it is influence peddling. Why not just make fundraising by elected officials or their staff illegal. If we make this law in California it would effect every local and statewide candidate and in effect short circuit all the current schemes used to buy and sell influence.
Income Share Agreements (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_Share_Agreement) are an idea originally proposed by Milton Friedman in which financeers can invest in people´s education for a fixed percentage of their future income. It is a new investment vehicle that promises to use private money from individuals, corporations or non profits who are searching for profit, social impact, or both, to directly finance people´s ...more »
Right now if someone were to run for office they have to form a campaign committee. The committee is then responsible to pay any invoices for goods or services that are purchased for use by the campaign. Unfortunately what happens, A LOT MORE OFTEN THAT YOU WOULD THINK, is that the candidates actually never have any intention of paying for those goods and services. The contracts are written to the Committee -that ...more »
We cap the amount that candidates can spend during their campaign at the amount they would get paid for their term in office. We tie this to ballot accessibility, meaning : If you go over, you are off the ballot. Here is the max spending breakdown by office: US Senate : $1,044,000 US House: $348,000 CA Governor: $731,000 CA Senate: $600,000 CA Assembly: $200,000 Right now the Average cost for most of those campaigns ...more »
Every candidate needs our vote to be elected but after election they become owned by corporations and lobbyists to do their bidding. The poor voter cannot compete with the billions of dollars that corporations and lobbyists can afford to spread around. And our representatives will never pass any kind of meaningful campaign reform. Therefore, I propose the following FAIR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM (a California Constitutional ...more »
Adopt GAAP or otherwise eliminate government accounting tricks that hide waste, scams, and debt
rather than voting on candidates we should have all candidates focus on raising money. The candidate with the most money will be the winner. The outcomes will essentially be the same but all the candidates will give the money they raised to pay down state debt or go into state infrastructure.
People will create or join issue groups and choose a dollar amount to be delivered via Bitcoin if the Blockchain determines lawmakers voted in line with their wishes. Lawmakers would have to consider the campaign contributions offered not just by the elite's lobbyists' but also of the people who now have a organizational system that aggregates influence and delivers it in the most effective way.