Michael Rubenstein

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Michael Rubenstein
Posted about 2 years ago
How can we use crowdsourcing/crowdfunding to reinvent our political process and rescue our democracy?
I have another idea. First, let me qualify by saying that I don't believe that term limits themselves are a problem as long as our representatives still represent us. Instead, the problem is one of incentives. My idea is this: instead of incentivizing politicians to make promises to a select few for the money they need to be creditable candidates, why not incentivize politicians to deliver results for the many. For example, what happens if an organization could deliver on monetary pledges by a large number of citizens to help candidates who deliver on universal background checks, or some other broadly supported issue? If legislators could be guaranteed money for delivering, then they could spend time governing, instead of spending time fund-raising. Candidates could then align their actions either with a much larger, more transparent, group of fundraisers. If enough small-dollar contributions could be collected and distributed to lawmakers, then this could build coalitions on issues that don't require candidates to be beholden to parties or large amount contributors.