Seven Initiatives to Get Money Out of Politics

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney makes a stop at Millie's to talk with voters before attending a fundraising event in Nantucket, Mass. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

3) GRASSROOTS AND PUBLIC FINANCING

Most of the organizations we surveyed support some combination of grassroots contributions and public financing of elections. Common Cause highlights the Fair Elections Now Act, which would give candidates the option of public financing if they raise a large number of small contributions from their local communities.

Public Citizen sees possibility in a bill called the Grassroots Democracy Act, introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), which would match grassroots contributions of $100 or less with public funds.

And if you’re looking to do something fun and creative, check out Ben (of Ben & Jerry’s) Cohen’s StampStampede.org website. Their campaign involves stamping money with clever messages like “stamp money out of politics” and “not to be used for bribing politicians.” They also have a Tumblr where you can upload pictures of money that you come across that’s been stamped. They’ve already sold over 11,000 stamp kits (at cost) and given out over 5,000.

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