Op-Ed: Politics is flooded with cash. Divert more of it to young campaign workers
“I’ve been on the job for less than two weeks. I’m a young, up-and-coming, and well-educated journalist with the best possible platform I can ever have to run for office.” And this is how my new boss says he sees me. But that’s not completely true.
In fact, he has the worst of both. He’s a professional political consultant who’s out to turn me into a political professional. He wants me to turn out to be like him, which is nothing more than a political professional out to turn you into a political professional out to turn you into a political professional.
I’ve been writing for more than a decade, and I’ve written about campaign finance reform issues for a decade. But his politics are a decade behind mine.
You won’t see him in politics, and I won’t see him in politics. And yet he’s a member of the Democratic National Committee, a powerful influence on the direction of our government and the agenda our government adopts.
Why do I say this? Because I’m asking you to help me to make him a little more like me.
We are the same.
In the last year or two, I’ve had dozens of conversations with Democratic and Republican leaders on the issues of campaign finance and transparency.
These conversations have revealed deep partisan differences, and deep partisan differences in our party’s approach to campaign finance reform.
I’d like to challenge you to see me as I see myself, and as I hope you will see me as I see myself.
I know this sounds impossible, considering some Democrats have turned their backs on campaign finance reform and some Republicans have gone to great lengths to hide their donors and donors’ identities. But you might be surprised to learn that I am both a Democratic and