Since politicians are theoretically required to report contributions, why don’t we just change things a little bit?
Let’s have all political contributions reported immediately, just like stocks and bonds. We could have updates throughout the day to see who’s getting how much. We could even have one tracking for incumbents – like the New York Stock Exchange and another for those new to politics, like the NASDAQ.
While you could still only vote in one state, you could influence any election you want. Don’t like that sheriff in Arizona? No problem.
When you see that the Chinese have started pouring contributions into Senator Schmukatelli you could decide whether to join them or not.
If Wall Street is bully for this Teddy Roosevelt guy, you can make a solid investment decision.
Naturally, somebody would start a futures market, so you could hear people say, “If I’ve got my campaign contributions figured out right, one of my great-grandchildren will be at least a senator.”
It couldn’t turn out any worse than what we have today.