Reforming campaign finance would bring more people into civic life, rather than permitting a handful of millionaires and billionaires to dominate it. Because voting is the great equalizer of our democracy, we must also make sure that every American can easily access the ballot and preserve the principle of one person, one vote.
As Common Cause Board Chair and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich has said, "The central issue of our time is not the size of government, but who the government is for." The next election should be about more than who raises the most money or has the richest supporters or who tweets the most outrageous lines, but rather who has the best policies for Americans. To counter today's wealth-dominated politics and extreme inequality, we must ensure that everyone has a voice in government.
Commentary by Miles Rapoport, president of Common Cause, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy. He is a former state legislator and Secretary of the State of Connecticut and a former president of Demos.