An unfortunate reality of politics today is the nonstop, 24/7 campaign. This means nonstop fundraising, which distracts lawmakers from solving real issues and delivering results to constituents. Among the 88 Republican freshmen who came to Congress last year, the average member raised $400,000 in their first six months in office.
In this edition of our series of five ideas for the President's State of the Union address next week, we propose a modest change that could help break the hold of money over politics.
IDEA #4: An Off-Year Fundraising Time-Out
In our memo, "It's About (the) Time: Ending the Nonstop Campaign," we propose changing congressional ethics rules to ban members from directly accepting campaign contributions except during election years. This proposal would free up members to spend more time making policy instead of raising money.
MORE IN OUR SERIES:
IDEA #1: Scraping regulatory barnacles off the economy—A Regulatory Improvement Commission
IDEA #2: Starting up start-ups--Improving access to credit and access to capital for smaller businesses
IDEA #5: A Post-Cold War Benchmark for Defense Spending
President, Progressive Policy Institute