I have to admit, I was somewhat surprised at how many positive comments I received over email and on this blog about the idea for Democrats to back bold campaign finance reform as a response to the growing number of corruption scandals coming out of DC.
The number one question I got in the hundreds of emails I received was, "What can I do to help make this happen?"
Well, it's time to get out of our PJs, and keeping our opinions to ourselves on the comment threads, and take this one to the streets! Here are some suggestions on what you can do to make Clean Elections reform part of the Democratic campaign message.
First, join a group around you that is fighting for Clean Elections. There are groups in every state, with organizers in most counties. Visit Public Campaign at www.publiccampaign.org and click on "State Action" to find out who is organizing in your state. Give that group a call and see if they need some help. I bet they do.
Second, write a letter to the editor. Letters to the Editor are the most read section of the newspaper, so your letter will get noticed by a lot of people. Letters are more likely to be printed if they are tied to what is in the news, so use the resignation of Duke Cunningham as the hook, and say this is why we need Clean Elections in this country, at every level. You know who has a nifty tool for writing letters? The DNC. You can use their tool by clicking here.
Third, for goodness sake, tell the Democratic Party that it's time they get serious about proposing bold solutions to problems -- especially on corruption. Tell them that you would like to see them adopt Clean Elections as one of the highlights of their campaign message. You can write to the DNC by clicking here.
Fourth, tell your friends to do the same! There's a reason the saying "strength in numbers" became cliché, you know?
So what are you waiting for? Let's make this happen!