In his book, The Business of America is Lobbying, Author Lee Drutman talks about how more citizens need to engage in influencing their leaders not by removing money from policy development but by increasing it. This is separate from what most people think of in terms of money in politics. Typically, we think of campaign finance and the need for campaign finance reform and I don’t have a problem with that.
I look at policy as somewhat separate from funding campaigns. I think that issue development, getting your message out and clarifying your position on an issue is an important activity that goes beyond electing a candidate for public office and gets people into the game of understanding how to solve problems in their community because they are closer to the issues. They might even have solutions that narrow special interests currently do not.