A new idea has breathed some life into the campaign finance reform debate. Rep. David Jolly (R-FL), has introduced a bill that would ban federal officeholders from soliciting political donations.
The only reason our Congressmen spend half of their working hours, or more, on the phone asking for money or at fundraisers asking for money, is to connect the quid with the quo. This idea is an excellent one. Fundraising is important, but others should do it.
The reasons are splendid. For one, this takes our elected officials and candidates out of the corruption loop. Yes, corruption is still possible but this would open up the ability of our officials to vote against their donor’s interests, at least on occasion.
Second, it would double the freaking time our elected officials have to do their damned jobs. Can you imagine how productive you would be at your job if you were required to spend half of your work hours in pointless busywork? Your productivity would plummet!
Put our elected officials back to work on our business. Bar them from directly soliciting campaign funds!