Given that the Obama campaign seems to have revolutionised political fundraising through his online, grassroots campaign, why do we have to continue to put up with stories about shady meetings? I know its tough because there is tri-partisan support for not doing anything, but why not do something along the lines of the American model.
Limit contributions to political parties and individual candidates to individual citizens. Have a limit as to how much each person can contribute, Â£100, Â£1000, Â£5000, whatever – I don’t know what a good number would be but it shouldn’t be that difficult to figure out.
There are always going to be question marks about public financing, most of all who decides how much each party gets and the current system seems to be broken. I think that at least this would have some sort of benefit by reducing the influence of lobbyists and getting politicians to actually connect with all voters rather than focusing all their attentions on swing voters in middle england.
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