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Weirdly, even the insurgent candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, don't talk much about how they would fix it.It's a simple idea: Congress should free itself from big-money, special-interest domination by encouraging an alternative system of small contributions that would be matched with public funds.Campaign spending for House elections increased 610 percent between 1984 and 2012 .To participate, candidates would have to raise at least $50,000 in small contributions, limit each donor to $1,000 per election and forgo money from private political action committees.To help the publicly financed candidates cope with the inevitable surge of PAC money for rivals, he proposes a formula that would allow candidates to tap $500,000 in extra federal matching funds in the last two months of a hot campaign.That won't be an easy sell for a country that seems to despise politicians.Angry, alienated Americans need an objective: How about changing the rotten system that has gotten our politics into this paralyzing decay?
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