Awesome Stuff: Crowdfunding To Get Money Out Of Politics... Now With Steve Wozniak!

from the mayday! dept

Two weeks ago, we took a slight detour from our usual Awesome Stuff fare to talk about Larry Lessig's new crowdfunding project, MAYDAY.US, which aims to start a serious effort to significantly reduce the influence of money in politics. This week we're highlighting MAYDAY.US again, since it just received a major boost in the form of a video endorsement from Steve Wozniak:

The project already completed its first phase, raising $1-million and securing another million in matching funds, and now it's partway through the second, which has a goal of $5-million (and another $5-million to match). With two weeks left to go, it's got some distance to make up, so now is the time to use your money to fight back against the corrosive influence of money in politics. It could be awesome.

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    Adrian Lopez, 22 Jun 2014 @ 7:12pm

    Re: Re: Re: I'm not really liking this

    "If every elected official has a fixed sell-by date, it seems to me that it would shift even more power to the administrative infrastructure since those would end up being the people who are in it for the long haul."

    This is already happening to a significant degree with the US presidency. While I don't think much of Barack Obama, I don't think the differences between President Obama and Candidate Obama would be quite as pronounced if not for the fact that people in positions of influence often remain in power beyond the reign of particular administrations.

    I'm not sure doing away with presidential term limits is the answer to this (I'd like to give the president more power to "clean house" instead), but I can see how imposing term limits on politicians in general could end up doing nothing more than to shift the problem onto where it's a great deal more difficult to address.

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