Dear Bernie Sanders: Don’t follow in Obama’s footsteps on campaign finance reform


I couldn’t agree more. Campaign finance reform is issue number one when it comes to advancing anyone’s values — whether progressive or conservative — in Congress. I think (hope?) that Senator Sanders understands this.

The problem as I see it, however, is that reform is not in Congress’ interest, and as such I don’t see it happening in Sanders’ first few years in office. Not before the 2018 midterms, at the earliest, and perhaps not until the 2020 elections, census, and subsequent redistricting.

Getting a truly representative Congress will require truly representative state legislatures. The key to enacting Sanders’ agenda, beginning with fixing our congressional electoral system, is for Sanders’ supporters to get involved in local politics to end gerrymandering. That’s phase three of the Political Revolution, and it will require people of all ideologies to stand up for their community’ values and demand a return to working representative democracy.

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