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Get big donors out of our political finance system

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I really enjoyed Lee Hamilton's recent editorial ("Summer of discontent traces to perception of political dysfunction," 9/10/14) concerning the public's lack of confidence in our government. He mentioned one of the "challenges facing the system": the influence of special interest money on elections. I have to agree with that. I feel that most politicians today are listening to the people filling their wallets, not the people that they were elected to represent.

That's why I support the Government by the People Act, a bill currently in the House of Representatives. It encourages candidates to fund their campaigns by small-dollar donations rather than big special interest groups, while also offering incentives for donors. It really holds politicians accountable to us every day Americans. If they want our hard earned money, they have to appeal to us. Isn't it time that elections were won by the best ideas, not the biggest bank accounts?

I sincerely hope that whichever candidate wins the election this November will co-sponsor this bill, bringing the government back to the people.

Ian Knapp

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