- Stacey Maxwell
- Palos Heights, IL
- United States
Broker, Classic Realty Group LLC
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Changing the voice, tone, ballot access and campaign financing game utilizing online forums and crowd source funding.
Utilizing an online platform, candidates wishing to run for public office could spread their ideas and solutions for addressing pressing issues. Candidates would NOT be able to self identify with a party or ideology. They must present cogent ideas with supporting documentation. Voters would have the opportunity to ask questions. No use of sound bites is permitted. For any issue or problem presented there must be a possible solution presented. Trash talking equals expulsion from site.
A candidate wishing to explore being placed on the ballot would be able to have voters eligible to vote in the race read their positions and electronically sign their petitions. This overcomes the need for a large organization and allows a candidate to go viral for support. Utah and Nebraska are already utilizing this option. In some cases, the number of signatures needed for ballot placement of an independent candidate exceeds the number needed by a regular party candidate by 95%! Electronic signatures are easily verified,
Dark money from the Oligarchs has subverted our political process. The Citizens United decision of the activist Supreme Court took away the voice of the governed awarding it to those with most money and giving individual rights to a corporation allowing individuals to control the message of the PAC with impunity.
There's not much chance that campaign finance reform that creates a level playing field , eliminates trash talking, and encourages dialog and solutions will occur. So, we change the game. Utilizing an online Roman Forum format and crowd source funding. Meet, hear, contribute to your candidates. The FEC has approved bundling in this manner. A supporter who wishes, may endorse the candidate they believe in on the website. Unlike the use of the internet for typical solicitation of contributions, this places the voter in control and gives them options.
We change the game to one of information and empowerment, they can't play that game