With the recent explosion in the growth of so-called "SuperPACS" and the ever-growing tide of money now flowing into American politics, members of Congress are under increasing pressure to fundraise.
Today's members may spend as much or more time on shoring up their campaign warchests as they do on learning the ins and out of policy. If allowed to continue, the result can only be an escalating arms race in campaign financing and less and less attention to policy.
In our new memo, It's About (the) Time: Ending the Nonstop Campaign, PPI Executive Director Lindsay Mark Lewis calls for a timeout from the campaign treadmill. Click HERE.
He proposes an off-year "quiet period" in which members of Congress would be prohibited by new Congressional ethics rules from accepting campaign donations except during the calendar year of an election.
This innovative idea has the potential to transform politics and lead to better policy, as members spend less time raising money and more time working on legislation to improve the lives of their constituents.
I hope you take a look. Click HERE.
As always, your feedback is welcome.
President, Progressive Policy Institute