Seattle Gives Cash to Turn Average Joe Into Political Player

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This will be an interesting experiment. I don’t much care for taxes financing politicians running for office (at all), but I’m interested to see how this works out. Lots of landmines with this though as the article explains.

And hey, if people running for office get vouchers, why not kids stuck in crummy schools?

(From ABC News)

That’s the experiment underway in Seattle after voters this month adopted the nation’s first voucher system for campaign contributions. The idea is to get those who don’t normally donate more involved in politics as a way to counteract the influence of big corporate donors and wealthy individuals.

“We’re very eager to see how it works,” said Michael Malbin, executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute in Washington, D.C. “One of the major problems people have with the political system is that it’s financially controlled by too few people. Nothing’s going to stop wealthy individuals from making independent expenditures, but those will be less powerful if more people are engaged.”

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