Campaign Finance Fix

1996 - Sawtooth Mt, MTAmerican elections in their current form constitute nothing less than an auction, where billionaire banksters use a variety of corporate and PAC fronts to appoint the person they believe will be most subservient to their agenda.

In nearly every election at every level the candidate who raises the most money wins.  Period.  Why bother allowing people to even vote? Simply crown the candidate who raises the most money victor and drop the pretense that democracy exists in America. The voting process simply legitimizes the fraud.

The reason money wins elections is simple. It boils down to television ads. One thing all Americans excel at is watching TV. The candidate who has the most money can run the most TV ads and destroy his/her opponent. A 30-second TV ad on one of the major networks runs around $50,000.

When I ran for Congress in 2004 I couldn’t afford even one such ad. Since I refused to accept corporate money I raised only $17,000. My opponent – perennial incumbent Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) – raised her usual $1 million from the likes of Bank of America, Wal-Mart, Annheuser Busch, etc.

I did some radio and newspaper ads and personally handed out over 100,000 campaign brochures. We hit every parade and festival. We went door-to-door to every small business in 28 counties and did the same at people’s homes in many cities. We clearly outworked our opponent. But it didn’t matter. She had the corporate cash and was appointed by the banksters to serve them for another term.

One thing a person dwells upon incessantly when they find themselves in a rigged game is how to fix it. So while campaign finance reform was one of my issues right out of the gate, my views on how to achieve this evolved as I began to learn how political campaigns actually work.

Publicly funded elections would surely be a great step towards leveling the playing field, especially after the Supreme Court passed Citizens United, opening the spigots to record amounts of bankster-front cash. But if we fund elections through a public surtax, yet continue to allow such enormous amounts of money to be spent, we ignore another culprit in perpetuating the current fraud – the corporate media.

Like every other industry in America, the media has seen an unprecedented concentration of economic power in the hands of a few companies. Following a slew of mergers over the past few decades, the entire media is now tightly controlled by the banksters.

Running a TV or radio station is extremely profitable. Overhead consists of a tower, a small building and a handful of employees. Ad revenue is highly lucrative to say the least.

Each TV or radio station must first obtain a license to operate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This license does not cost very much, so essentially US taxpayers are subsidizing these media conglomerates.

In return for such public generosity, the least we can ask of these media titans is that come election time they allocate a certain number of advertising slots to each candidate for FREE. They could also be made to air a certain number of debates.

If we did this one simple thing, money would no longer be necessary to run a solid political campaign and the best candidate should win. We could cap fundraising at $50,000 per candidate ($250,000 for the Presidential election). That would be more than enough to cover travel expenses, yard signs, brochures and some newspaper ads.

This method should also be more agreeable to fiscal conservatives, since NO public money need be expended on elections.

It is the difference between reform and revolution. Do we ask the public to finance elections or should we mandate that the bankster media foot the bill as part of their FCC licensing agreement. I believe nothing short of revolution will suffice in restoring democracy to America.

Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries,Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel.  You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @www.hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com

7 responses to “Campaign Finance Fix

  1. Glad you wrote this article; it speaks to why their is so much alienation in the country.

    For me the toughest aspect of running for elections is gaining ballot access; the laws written by and for Democrats and Republicans make it very difficult for independent candidates(and outside party members) to stand toe to toe with the large minor–neither represents a majority– parties favorites.

    Media finance reform: very true about the role of big media; most campaigns are heavily influenced by ads and air time; the rich station owners giving money to the parties and candidates whom then recycle it… back through the campaigns to the stations and new papers.
    A pernicious circulation of capital that “profits” those few hands.
    In the old-time campaigns hordes of workers from the young to the old–many from same family– gained civic involvement which in many cases got them some cash, training and long term connections with neighbors in the community: politics as a means for being physically productive.
    There are ways to ‘buy’ an election and then there are ways of buying/funding the people through electioneering.

    Lastly, my friend Steve Michael(ACTUP) ran against Bush(Wash state) in 92 and Clinton in ’96; I am planning on doing the same in 2016.
    (22 years later and a Clinton is leading in the polls; with another stinky Bush waiting)
    At the least I def going to scape some money together to get on the ballot in New Hampshire (was $500 dollars in 96); talk some issues, meet some GREAT people… and see what shit I can stir up. I know a great place to do exit polling in Manchester which allowed me to be the first to call the election for Buchanan over Dole. 😉
    Everybody should get on the ballot, take to the street with their ideas engage the minds of the people and clog up the system at all costs.

  2. I have also read were they have the technology to control the voting machines thus changing the vote of any who vote, and it gets worse. Obama’s last election was filled with stories of fraud like 90% percent voting for Obama when polls and otherwise in a certain county showed the exact opposite and even worse. trying to get on a certain party is near impossible if you are not put there by the elite. go to BURKES PEERAGE and you will see that the last 44 presidents had European royal bloodlines and many were interrelated as Obama is related to dick cheney, bushe’s ect, ect,. the average person it would seem can not get elected president or even try without the right bloodline. hhmm just like the 13 royal bloodlines of the Illuminati.hhhm well we know. as a matter of fact many many politicians are tied in als with the freemasons and the Illuminati which makes me wonder about mind control using either monarch programming, microwaves, covert use of implanted chips ect, ect,. http://www.icaact.org

  3. Forget the MEDIA. Force them to either allow candidates to speak for themselves (equal time for each candidate), or use a Government TV station for candidates – equal time – to speak for themselves. All TV ‘political ads’ should be ILLEGAL. And candidates should be required to speak for themselves. Also, citizens should be able to view the candidates from all districts from every state so that we could get to ‘know’ them, as they will be voting on issues which affect everyone. Finally, eliminate the electoral college, and reintroduce paper ballots.

  4. the elite or shadow government will never allow our government or ” we the people” to have an honest fair election such as paper ballot voting. that would take away corruption and there complete control of the election process. just as they will never allow the government to print its own money. if we could ever have paper ballot voting it would be a huge victory indeed.

  5. It should be illegal to spend a penny on an attempt to get elected to any office. The equal time law should apply to any candidate and media outlet. Period. Only manually completed ballots should be accepted. Signed. Dated. Logged in for that person.
    Anybody who is ‘afraid’ to sign their name to a ballot does not deserve the right to vote.
    Now that is a revolution in politics, governance, and elections.

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