Monday, August 15, 2011

NYTimes Op Ed on boycotting campaign donations

Out of control campaign spending is breaking our democracy by allowing those with the most to be represented while those without struggle to be represented.

In an excellent NY Times OpEd, Joe Nocera talks about Howard Schultz's (Starbuck's CEO) idea to boycott campaign donations.

From the essay:

"“The fundamental problem,” he said, “is that the lens through which Congress approaches issues is re-election. The lifeblood of their re-election campaigns is political contributions.” Schultz wants his countrymen ­ big donors and small; corporations and unions ­ to stop making political contributions in presidential and Congressional campaigns. Simple as that. Economists like to talk about how incentives change behavior. Schultz is proposing that Americans give Washington an incentive to begin acting responsibly on their behalf. It’s a beautiful idea.""

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