Campaign Finance Reform
In 2016, the United States was downgraded from a “Full Democracy” to a “Flawed Democracy” in the Democracy Index, a sophisticated measure of the health of democracies around the world. This was caused by a variety of factors that contributed over the past few decades to a general decline in Americans’ trust and participation in government.
A major factor in this declining trust is the fact that money increasingly buys political influence, thereby disenfranchising average voters. The cost of campaigns is exploding requiring politicians to spend ever more time fundraising instead of interacting with constituents and solving problems.
What Can Be Done?
- Campaign finance limits: unlike at the federal level, there are currently no limits on donations to state and local campaigns in Utah
- Public funding of campaigns: this could entail public matching of private donations to magnify the voice of small-dollar donors