Legalized Bribery?

13 Nov

Lawrence Lessig and Change Congress take a look at why two specific Democratic Senators (Evan Bayh and Joe Lieberman) might oppose inclusion of the public option in the pending healthcare reform bill.


It’s easy to be cynical, point fingers and accuse Lieberman of corruption, but the problem itself is actually much more nuanced.  The issue isn’t that politicians do the bidding of interests who pay for them to win re-election, it’s that we allow for those payments to happen at all.

Take some time to see how a solution can be implemented.

The shorter version:


The longer, more historical version:


Until we publicly fund our elections and remove the influence of money from the policy making process, we’ll never get sensible legislation on important issues.  It’s how we ended up with the watered down reform bill recently passed by the House and now under consideration in the Senate.

Change Congress.

3 Responses to “Legalized Bribery?”

  1. November 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    Republicans, who usually win the campaign finance battle, will call it the next step towards socialism/communism. They’ll show videos of kids goosestepping while Obama indoctrinates them on classroom TVs in the background. I do not see full blown public financing ever happening… least not in my political lifetime.

  2. Mike in WNY November 15, 2009 at 1:30 am #

    We have public financing now, John Q. Public can finance whomever he wants to.  That’s the way it should be.

    • November 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

      @Mikeinwny – OK, then lower the donation limit and outlaw any donations from PACs or other groups, and make the TV stations allot x number of hours/minutes of ad time for elections to be equally divided by the number of candidates. Advertising can start 1 month out for all candidates.

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