One can dream. Politics as usual will be more like it. More expensive politics as usual if you believe the numbers reported.
Facing what is predicted to be the most expensive presidential contest in history, leading advocates for election reform in the U.S. are calling on 2016 White House hopefuls to endorse a “21st Century Democracy Agenda,” aimed at curbing the influence of money in politics while amplifying the voices of everyday Americans in the democratic process.
That process, according to the 12 national watchdog organizations who crafted the comprehensive policy platform, has been put at risk by policies and court decisions like Citizens United that empower corporate and special interests at the expense of regular voters.
The Fighting Big Money, Empowering People (pdf) agenda, released Thursday by advocacy groups including Common Cause, People for the American Way, U.S. PIRG, and Public Citizen, is based on five core principles of democracy:
- Everyone participates
- Everyone’s voice is heard
- Everyone knows who is trying to influence our views and our representatives
- Everyone plays by fair, commonsense rules
- Everyone is held accountable, with enforceable penalties to deter bad behavior