Public funding for political parties makes sense

Doug Ford resurrected unseemly political fundraising. Let’s hope COVID-19 kills it for good, Cohn, Sept. 23

Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn has outlined a very real problem with the funding model for our political parties. His statement that “public funding is an idea whose time has come” should be a rallying cry for improving our democracy and a path to avoiding the dark money that so distorts the U.S. elections.

However, simply keeping the “per vote” public subsidy should not be the goal.

An analogy for this would be where the strongest team in the NHL is awarded the top draft pick. Essentially that is what the “per vote” subsidy accomplishes: more money and thus more influence to the strongest parties. Rather, we need a model where the ideas and platform of the less popular parties are given equal opportunity to reach the voting public: funding should not only be

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For These Indigenous Artists ‘Land Back’ Is Both A Political Message And A Fundraising Opportunity

When Katy Grable Gonzalez, 29, beads the words “Land Back” into a pair of earrings to sell she is simultaneously referencing three different land reclamation movements fought by her relatives. On her father’s side, the Yaqui are fighting against a border wall between the Mexican state of Sonora and the Southwestern United States and Native Hawaiians are resisting the construction of a telescope on sacred mountain Maunakea. On her mother’s side, the Huichol have clashed with the Mexican government over mining and drilling operations on their sacred lands.

When the earrings are sold, Grable Gonzalez donates the majority of the proceeds to organizations on the frontlines of the movements for Black lives and Indigenous sovereignty, as well as to the Navajo Nation COVID relief fund. She also transfers funds directly to individuals in need of

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