Gifts or campaign contributions from lobbyists, industry insiders, etc... need to be significantly regulated and reduced. Limit campaign contributions to something the average American could afford, or have the government provide a fixed amount to each candidate. Get money out of politics.
When an elected official accepts a campaign contribution in exchange for a vote, they sell out each and every one of their constituents. Accepting what amounts to a bribe is a crime against thousands or millions of people. Even if the peanalty was 1 day in jail per count, that would be DECADES.
There are many policy proposals that would reform how the United States elects its representatives in Congress. The DISCLOSE Act was proposed in July 2010 and would have prohibited government contractors from making donations, establish additional disclosure requirements, and identified donors in political ads. The voting with dollars plan would establish a system of modified public financing coupled with an anonymous campaign contribution process. A small donor matching program provides matching funds for small donations. For instance, the government might "match" 6 times the amount of every donation under $100. This would effectively make small donations more valuable to a campaign. Another method, which supporters call clean money, clean elections, gives each candidate who chooses to participate a certain, set amount of money. In order to qualify for this money, the candidates must collect a specified number of signatures and small (usually $5) contributions. The candidates are not allowed to accept outside donations or to use their own personal money if they receive this public funding.
Lobbyists are simply professionals who get paid to influence Congress. They are effective because they know the policies, have built relationships on Capitol Hill, and work full time to make their case to elected officials. They are typically hired by corporations and special interest groups, but not anymore!
Hiring a professional to lobby Congress would be an important step forward for Campaign Finance Reform. Corporations, super PACs, and political groups who benefit from the current system have hundreds of lobbyists employed, so adding another voice is important in the fight to overturn Citizens United.
A lobbyist working to implement Campaign Finance Reform would meet with relevant staffers, government officials, and key stakeholders to make their case for reforming how the United States funds our elections. They would also attend hearings and meet with other stakeholders/advocacy groups to offer support.
For the same price as your morning latte, you can have the same access to lobbyists as big businesses and wealthy donors.
With an average donation of $27, Bernie Sanders was able to raise 234 million dollars! That would double what the Chamber of Commerce spends on lobbying.
The average crowdfunding contribution, according to Fundly.
Passionate for the cause? This is the maximum contribution amount allowed per campaign to protect each campaign from the influence of any one individual.