How Do We Get Money Out Of Politics?

That’s something of a trick question.

I posted both of these link yesterday but they really deserve their own post.

Money in politics is the result of the problem, not the cause.

How to Get Money out of Politics by Sheldon Richman: As long as government has the power to sell privileges, people will spend big bucks to influence elections. The wealthy and well connected will always have better access to government than regular people. So if you want money out of politics, deny government the power to dispense privileges. No one can buy where there’s nothing for sale. But this is only the beginning of the good news. Not only would stripping government of this power reduce the role of money in politics, it would also move us toward a free society. We have no right to call ourselves free as long as the government can bestow favors at the expense of taxpayers.

And here’s what Sheldon Richman says in action.

How Hatch forced Microsoft to play K Street’s game – WashingtonExaminer: “If you want to get involved in business,” Sen. Orrin Hatch warned technology companies at a conference in 2000, “you should get involved in politics.”

Hatch was referring to the shortcomings of then-software king Microsoft, which he had spent most of the previous decade harassing from his perch as Judiciary Committee chairman. The message was clear: If you become successful, you must hire lobbyists, you must start a political action committee, and you must donate to politicians. Otherwise Washington will make your life very difficult.