FREE AIRTIME FOR POLITICIANS
A majority of the money spent in political campaigns is spent on campaign ads. The candidates with the most money have the loudest voices, drowning out ordinary people running for office. And the bad taste from negative ads turns people off from voting. Most other countries don’t allow negative ads. And some countries, such as Brazil, have dedicated TV time for each politician to speak to the public. This way voters learn who each candidate is and what they really stand for.
Our Democracy, Our Airwaves has more info.
What we have now: Equal Time Rule
HOW DID POLITICAL DEBATES IN THE U.S. BECOME A TWO-PARTY AFFAIR?
The League sponsored the Presidential debates in 1976, 1980 and 1984. On October 2, 1988, the LWV’s 14 trustees voted unanimously to pull out of the debates, and on October 3 they issued a press release condemning the demands of the major candidates’ campaigns:
The League of Women Voters is withdrawing sponsorship of the presidential debates…because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter. It has become clear to us that the candidates’ organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.
—League President Nancy M. Neuman, LWV October 03, 1988