Carter Quillen’s Views on Campaign Finance Reform

Feb 25, 2020

Campaign Finance Reform:

We have some serious problems with our system of elections in this country right now. It shouldn’t cost millions of dollars to run for a PUBLIC SERVICE job that pays a fraction of that. Our government is for sale to the highest bidders. The Washington establishment uses identity politics to take the 1st District of Tennessee for granted while it abandons age old conservative principles of moral order, fiscal responsibility, and a smaller, less intrusive national government.

Election should be about creating hierarchies of competency in government where the most qualified candidates with the best ideas get elected, not the candidate who can buy the most airtime and other advertising. Our election process could easily be contained in a publicly sponsored forum, (such as Ballotpedia for example), where candidates bring their viewpoints and proposals to a marketplace of ideas and the electorate can review, compare, and contrast them in a standardized format. This would provide a convenient and efficient venue where constituent could compare and contrast the candidates to make more informed decisions about who they want to represent them.

In addition, it would provide a level playing field where more qualified candidates with good ideas could compete against the big money candidates. It is estimated that $10 billion will be spent on political advertising in 2020. Imagine all the other things that money could be spent on. For obvious constitutional reasons, we can’t ban paid advertising for political office, but we could make the need for it obsolete with a simple public forum for our election process.

The founding fathers envisioned a government where citizen would serve for a time and then go back to private life. I support limits of 5 terms for representatives and 2 terms for senators.

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