Citizens are uniting to get money out of politics.
Lawrence Lessig, founder of Rootstrikers, is leading a march across New Hampshire beginning on January 11, 2014, to ensure that the issue of political corruption is addressed in the 2016 Presidential election.
According to Rootstrikers, because of the high cost of elections, politicians are beholden to funders. The organization calls this political corruption, not in the criminal sense of outright bribery, but in the sense that politicians are more likely to represent funders’ interests rather than citizens’ interests.
This is an issue that affects people from across the political spectrum. Money in politics is a barrier to effective representative democracy. Rootstrikers is calling for citizen-funded elections and for Presidential candidates in 2016 to answer one question: “How are you going to end corruption in Washington?”