" I again recommend a law prohibiting all corporations from contributing to the campaign expenses of any party. Let individuals contribute as they desire; but let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any political purpose, directly or indirectly." - Theodore Roosevelt
These are indeed wise words that we have failed to follow and in recent years we have seen the consequences of corporations essentially buying our political candidates and influencing their actions through the dollar. President Roosevelt saw this coming long before the problems that we now have but his words were not heard with caution, knowledge, and wisdom. Please share your ideas on how you would ensure that corporations large political donations become a thing of the past. A few thoughts:
If we simply banned corporations from making political donations, corporations could still donate secretly through individuals. How could this problem be resolved? What if we created one political donation account that was split equally between all candidates? This would make it impossible for corporations to give donations to any one candidate and would also create more equality in the chance that a political candidate may have in the running regardless of party affiliation or wealth. But would this be fair to the individual who'd like to pick a specific candidate to donate to? It may depend on your view of the electoral system. Giving every candidate an equal chance financially in the running may seem unfair but it may also help us make a more informed decision about which candidate we'd choose to support. And remember, contrary to recent history, money isn't and shouldn't be the only determining factor in the candidacy of an elected official. Your knowledge of the candidate, their actions, their passions, and your vote are much more important. And of course to remove corporate influence political commercials would need to end. Do they really educate us anyway or just mislead us with propaganda and hot button statements? Newspapers, television news, online news, radio, and personal appearances could easily be offered to candidates at no cost and to great benefit for us as citizens seeking to be informed as best as possible about our leaders.
What do you think?