Funding campaigns by a United States budget item

gives us control over how much is spent each year.

Sole Public Funding Limits

Campaign Spending 


  • Mandatory sole public funding of campaigns through a budget allocation is better and cheaper than paying by any system that includes private funding. 
  • Only the Constitution can establish campaign finance as a United States budget item beyond Congress’, the states’, or localities’ ability to remove it
  • Paying by annual budget allocation established in the Constitution, also called sole public funding, gives us control over how much is spent each year on campaigning overall.

We know how much campaigning costs (see Percentage of GDP). It averages between one and five hundredths of one percent of GDP in any economy. Gathering enough information to make informed decisions isn't so expensive as to require private funding.

Congress will publicly debate when making each year’s budget how much funding to appropriate, within the minimum and maximum (see Public Debate Administration). This amendment also increases and protects the public’s power in the political process, increasing elected officers’ accountability to us (see The Fair Elections Clause, Accountability and the Public Elections Clause). Enacting legislation will require each year's allocation to factor in the strength of the economy. 

  • In bad economic years, we may choose to spend the minimum. 
  • Looking at it as a percentage of the total budget, instead of legislatively creating a commission with independent funding, forces Congress to compare it to other needed expenditures. The total campaigning allocation will be held down.
  • The minimum prevents total defunding which would keep any information from reaching the public. We want all relevant information.  

In this century campaign spending has begun to spiral (increase every time, by a percentage that increases every time). Since we pay one way or the other, we have an interest in stopping spiraling. Only paying by allocation allows us to prevent spiraling.

  • Once the year’s self-governance allocation has been spent, no more campaigning will be done. Planning will probably improve, but spending will remain under control either way. 

Paying by an annual budget allocation also allows us to oversee how that money is spent (see Sole Public Funding Enforces Campaign Ethics).

This amendment is the only proposed solution as of 2016 that controls campaign spending while protecting freedom of speech to the full extent required by the First Amendment (see Protecting Freedom of Speech).

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