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"Our broken campaign finance system is a crisis because it's the pipeline for corruption into our government," argues Mike Monetta.

The American corruption crisis and one plan to solve it

Monetta is the national director of Wolf-PAC, a group fighting for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

Congress has sold us out, and most Americans understand this. We can see that our elected officials in Washington, D.C., have turned their backs on us.

It's no surprise — especially when massive amounts of money, often with little to no transparency, are allowed to pour into our elections, altering who our politicians are responsive to. Instead of passing legislation that benefits the average citizen, Senators and House members now represent the special interests and the tiny percentage of us who can afford to buy influence in our government.

Our broken campaign finance system is a crisis because it's the pipeline for corruption into our government. And it's the reason we don't make progress on any of the most critical issues of our time. It's the driving force behind the opioid crisis, climate change inaction, a ballooning national debt, Americans going broke from getting sick — and the list goes on and on. If we don't take responsibility for fixing it now, the 243-year-old American democratic experiment could fail.

In response, we the people are fighting back with every available tool. Corruption isn't an issue to take lightly, and there are various organizations deploying many different strategies to tackle it. This is a good thing. All of these strategies are necessary, and, collectively, one day they will break the stranglehold that special interests have on our government and restore the promise of America — a country of, by and for the people.

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