Again campaign finance issues are being bandied about. The solutions forwarded are all of the kind that proposes some new method of corralling the horses after they're out of the barn. This is typical of horse thieves who hope to nudge the corrective process to favor their own thieving ways, but put the clamp on the competition rustlers. This means, how can we write legislation to shut up the opposition and prevent financial support from going to our competition in the political arena. This means, a directed attack on free speech.
The solution is much more simple. If you really truly want to stop money from influencing the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, then separate, as much as humanly possible, the government from economics. Money in politics is buying MUCH MUCH more money for those choosing to "invest" this way. The 'earmarks,' and all the rest are simply paybacks for bribe money. We must stop government from being able to simply steal our money and hand it to whoever knows how to work the channels and networks, or regulate for the interests of those who pay them best, or take over entire industries then choose the favored few who can even enter the game (medicine.) When the politicians can no longer sell our lives to those who are buying them at bargain prices, then there will be NO issues with too much money in political donations. When the government is prevented from regulating or nudging the markets, or from earmarking money or giving loans with undisclosed details, there will be nothing for anyone to buy from the government. Outlaw government cookies, and there will be no government money cookie monsters.
Because our government schools have been specifically designed to destroy the intellectual capacity of our children, most can no longer see that our lobby-government-earmark or regulation system is just a more abstract level of a man in chains being whipped to produce for his master.
This has to be spoken. Often.