Michael Moore Thinks I’m a Genius

I’ve had the esteemed pleasure to join several Huff Post Live discussions over the past few weeks. Most of these segments focused on Veterans and the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

On today’s segment, however, I joined an esteemed panel that included former Congressman Alan Grayson and Academy Award winning film maker Michael Moore to discuss the overwhelming influence of money in modern American politics. Our lively discussion focused on the corrupting influence of money in politics and how the astronomical amount of money one needs to raise (in excess of $2 million per US House seat) keeps the majority of Americans from successfully running for office.

During the discussion, I shared my idea for how we can remove money from American elections. The US television broadcast spectrum is owned by every American tax payer. The FCC licenses out the use of that spectrum to corporations on our behalf. Those same corporations, charge our political candidates an arm and a leg come election time to access that same spectrum. An informed electorate is best for democracy. The problem with our current system is that to inform the electorate, a political candidate must either be personally very wealthy or very very good at fund raising. The problem is that personal wealth and proficient fund raising does not equal good governance, it just equals good at accessing money. Having been a candidate for federal office, I can tell you that too much of our representatives time is spent having to raise money in order to buy campaign ads come election time. Thus, the FCC should make free access to all candidates who have received the requisite number of signatures to get on the ballot a condition of the licensing agreement to air television. This simple change would dramatically lower the monetary bar to run for elected office and thus, increase the likelihood that the people with the best ideas would be elected, rather than the person with the most money. That and a constitutional amendment that states that inalienable rights recognized under the constitution belong to human beings only, not to entities such as corporations.

All in all it was a thrilling experience!



About Matt Zeller

Matt Zeller, a native of Rochester, New York, is a consultant on alternative energy and defense issues, working in northern Virginia. His latest book, Watches Without Time (Just World Books, 2012), gives a vivid description of what he experienced while serving as an embedded combat adviser with the Afghan security forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2008. Matt is a Captain in the US Army Reserve and a former officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was the Democrat candidate for Congress in 2010 in NY's 29th Congressional District.
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One Response to Michael Moore Thinks I’m a Genius

  1. Andrew says:


    The only thing I was disappointed with was the show being too short. Such a topic deserves at least an hour (actually more) to discuss and share ideas on how to fix it. And so everyone can get a fair share of word in.

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