From an Iowa Town Hall:
Our democracy should belong to everyone — not just the wealthy and well-connected. We have to stop the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money that’s corrupting our politics. As president, I’ll fight for legislation requiring outside groups to disclose significant political spending — and until Congress acts, I’ll require federal contractors to do the same. And I’ll push for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s catastrophic Citizens United decision. We also have to make sure all Americans have their voices heard. I’ve proposed a small-donor matching system for presidential and congressional elections, because you shouldn’t have to court huge donors to run for office, and you shouldn’t have to be a huge donor to make an impact. I’ll make it easier for every citizen to vote by enacting universal, automatic registration and expanding early voting. And I’ll fight back against Republican efforts to disempower voters, no matter their race, age or income.
As a result of the disastrous Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, the American political system has been totally corrupted and the foundations of American democracy have been undermined. By a 5-to-4 decision, what the Supreme Court essentially said to the wealthiest people in the country is they said, well you already own much of the economy, now we’re going to give you the opportunity to buy the United States government. That is not what America is supposed to be about. Now I have not made a whole lot of campaign promises during this campaign, but let me repeat to you ones that I have made. Any person who I nominate to the Supreme Court will have to say loudly and clearly that they will vote to overturn Citizens United. … And here is what I will do in my first 100 days in office to address this issue. I will issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending. I will direct the SEC to require all public companies to disclose their political spending. I will direct the Federal Communications Commission to create rules on better disclosure on political ads. Over the long term, I believe we need to move toward public funding of elections where anyone regardless of their income, regardless of their ideas can go forward and try to represent their constituencies. ..
My pick: Senator Warren:
“public funding for congressional elections” “right now.”
(Cause you know (don’t you?), over “over the long term,” climate change will be even more catastrophic, health care will continue to be too expensive, defense spending will continue to explode, Wall Street will grow even more profitable, Main Street will continue to fall behind, cronies will continue to rule, college debt will continue to grow, etc., etc., etc., until we change the way campaigns are funded).
Originally published at lessig.tumblr.com.