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"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
—George Washington

Long ago, American voters defaulted when they let others pick up the tab for Federal campaign financing. The risk was not apparent in the '70s, when Senate seats could be won for under $600K and House seats for $80K. Back then Federal Election Commission ("FEC") matching funds covered 58% of Presidential campaign funding. That is no longer the case.

As campaign costs rose and fundraising took more time, candidates naturally looked in locations with more money. This means more deep pockets and fewer small pockets, with commensurate influence. Then the Supreme Court decided that artificial entities possessed voices and that money was the vehicle by which one could exercise its "Free Speech." The Court upheld knowing the true owners of those voices, but disclosure legislation was non-existent or ineffective.

There are several sincere efforts to correct this situation, but Constitutional Amendments will not fund campaigns; donations to, and campaign use of, the FEC Presidential matching funds program declined; this Congress won’t fund substantial voter vouchers; and other matching plans still require that candidates spend a lot of time fundraising.

What can defenders of democracy do now? While Court-approved campaign financing practices are in place, we can also offer candidates and voters a whole new parallel alternative.

If Americans want a real Representative Democracy, they must fund it.

A brief comparison of
The Fair Elections Now Act ("FENA") and The Fair Elections Fund©

Campaign Funding Comparison
The Fair Elections Now Act The Fair Elections Fund©
Political Priorities    
1 No more fundraising. Fixed $7.00 per SSN tax filer is predictable.  
X
2 Top five participating candidates cannot be
"primaried out."
 
X
3 Known minimum scheduled campaign funding plus extra donations.  
X
4 Self-supporting Fund is off budget. Use FEC funds in 2014.  
X
5 Disclosure provision reveals the true identity of non-participating opponent's funders and special interest expenditures.  
X
6 Candidates may retain their independence and integrity. They have more time for constituents and legislative activity.  
X
7 Candidates report ongoing receipts of State residents' contributions.
X
 
8 Retain First Amendment rights of self- and privately-funded candidates, as well as "Friends of (participating candidate)."
X
X
9 New leadership right to remove elected program cheaters from Congressional office and move on, once per seat per election.  
X
10 Funding is unfair. Billed Federal contractors will pass the cost on to other projects, transferring initial benefit to the candidates onto others.
X
 
11 Program objective is to benefit voters; they should fund it.  
X
 
Populace Priorities FENA FUND
1 Registered Voters decide which hopeful candidate may use public funds, and each of their area’s candidates receives equal funding.  
X
2 Fairness in taxpayer-funded program justifies and demands nationwide consistency in registration and voting rights.  
X
3 Repayment of benefits may impoverish poorer candidates, thus discouraging them and reducing voter's choices.
X
 
4 Individual tax filer's voices have equal weight, nationally.  
$7.00
5 People and businesses have equal access to candidates.
?
X
6 Additional funds from donors are in a blind trust—may remain unknown but still reinforce publicly funded campaign program.  
X
7 Voters are exposed to more views. Commercial broadcasters can estimate participating candidate's minimum public airtime use and arrange compensating revenue.
?
X
8 Auditors examine and voters evaluate each candidate's monthly expense report on their use of public funds.  
X
9 U.S. communities, rather than non-voters, determine priorities.
?
X

Thank you for your interest.