After I purchased a home and settled down in a city, I realized that my local elections mattered more than ever. In addition to dictating my property taxes and the overall health of our city roads, those elections might also determine the quality of the city website, irrigation system, and even our water rights for the year. Instead of simply ignoring the elections and focusing on my personal life, I started analyzing the local politics and reading up on the candidates. It took a lot of work, but eventually I felt comfortable with my choice of candidate. I want others to understand local elections, which is why this entire blog is about government and politics.
The democratic system utilizes elected officials to represent the interests of people within a certain geographic region. In order for someone to gain the visibility and widespread recognition that is needed to win an election, a lot of financial support is needed.
Modern politicians spend a lot of time fundraising for their campaigns. The implementation of campaign finance reforms at all levels of government has the potential to directly benefit both candidates and you personally during each election cycle.
1. Expand Your Donation Options
Current campaign finance regulations strictly limit the amount of money an individual can contribute to any campaign. Campaign finance reform would expand your donation options by preventing certain types of donations from counting against your annual donation limit.
You would be able to donate not only cash to your favorite politician, but in-kind services, vehicles, real estate, and other assets as well. Expanding the types of donations that can be made to a political campaign better enables you to help meet the needs of your candidate.
2. Limit Group Influence
Modern campaign reform calls for stricter limitations when it comes to accepting contributions and donations. The new regulations would prevent certain groups that may be able to exert undue influence over a political candidate from donating to his or her campaign.
This type of limitation directly benefits voters within a given jurisdiction by ensuring that their political representatives make decisions based on the good of the public, not on the amount of money contributed by any one major group.
3. Better Representation
One of the major benefits that you will enjoy as a result of campaign finance reform is better representation from your politicians. Current finance regulations cause many politicians to focus on the election cycle and invest their time and energy into coming up with ways to fund their campaigns.
Finance reform regulations would clearly outline how money for political campaigns could be raised, where money can be raised, and who can contribute to a campaign fund. Eliminating the need to spend so much time focusing on fundraising allows campaign finance reform to give elected officials more time to focus on the issues. This directly translates into officials who are able to provide better representation for the voters within their assigned districts.
Campaign finance reform is something that all voters should be invested in. Supporting efforts to reform the political fundraising process will directly benefit you over time.