Public Campaign Finance

To end private financing of campaigns

with the least restriction

and no substantial burden to speech

we need: 

  • administration that is public but independent, nonpartisan and transparent (see the following pages); 
  • correction for any unfair advantage (see Resolving the Incumbency Advantage); 
  • quantity of funding sufficient for the public to determine our self-interest as well as we can now,

           though not necessarily better (see Percentage of GDP and the Why Pay for Campaigns  pages); 

  • protection against coercion and fraud (see sections 2 and 5); 
  • and "content neutrality" - speech content must not be censored (see the Protecting Freedom of Speech pages).

Article I, Section 4: "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives,

shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof;

but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations,

except as to the Place of Choosing Senators."

Government effectiveness can't ignore the Constitution.
An amendment must detail procedure where needed: 

  • to delineate rights, powers, privileges and immunities, 
  • to set checks and balances, 
  • to maintain the relationships among clauses
  • to maintain the stability of functions over generations, 
  • and to prevent vagueness in fundamental principles that more general wording would risk. 

In general, Constitutional provisions are self-defining but ought to:

This section meets the compelling state interests of:

Any regulatory power over political speech delegated to government must:

  • serve the Electoral clause’s purpose
  • and be sufficiently checked and balanced.

Several clauses in this and the other sections check or balance this extension of power.

Why fund directly rather than just continue to give tax exemptions

to parties, organizations, corporations and individuals for provision?

The taxpayers pay either way (see You Already Do). 

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