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There is a fundamental flaw with elections in this country: big money.

Politicians need big bucks to run their campaigns and they get most of it from wealthy donors and special interests. Those contributors expect paybacks in the form of special access, favorable legislation, earmarks, government contracts, or plum government jobs. Because of this corrupting influence of money, many Americans have lost faith in politics and feel neglected by our democracy.

Ordinary citizens who want to serve in government don't have access to money and are locked out of the system, unable to afford running for office.

There is a solution: The Fair Elections Now Act would give candidates $4 for every $1 they receive in small contributions so that ordinary people, not just special interests, can fund a candidate. This would make candidates focus on their voters and the issues instead of holding $1,000-a-plate dinners with lobbyists.

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