Op-Ed: Politics is flooded with cash. Divert more of it to young campaign workers, start handing out cash to the candidates themselves, and maybe you can get candidates the public can get behind!
The election-year fundraising season is officially upon us.
Candidates and committees across the country received hundreds of millions of dollars of corporate and individual money, a record amount of cash that could be used to improve our public schools, boost our roads or improve our communities. In fact, it’s hard to tell which candidates raised the most.
With campaigns now in full swing — or at least kicking into high gear — candidates need to ramp up their fundraising, and they can do so by putting more emphasis on their youth leaders and staff.
Young people need to know that, by supporting young candidates, they’re bringing the changes they hope they’ll see in Washington, D.C.
The 2016 candidates’ campaign committees are now in full swing, with over a half-a-million dollars in contributions already received.
With the 2016 candidates already putting on a full-court press to raise money, it’s time for candidates to step up their fundraising efforts for the election-year season. Candidates can divert money from their race-to-the-top races to campaign efforts specifically in support of youth (or any candidates, for that matter).
The Washington Post reports that candidates will spend more on youth endorsements, which they’re expecting to raise about $6.2 million this year.
Election campaigns have to start thinking about who is going to represent their constituents and support their campaign. Young people need to know that, by supporting young candidates, they’re bringing the changes they hope they’ll see in Washington, D.C.
There are a number of ways that young people can get involved in politics at the young, grassroots level. You can get involved by signing our young-of-the-year petition to get out the vote, running for office yourself or volunteering to help younger members of your constituency.
Young people play an incredibly important role in our nation’s political process.
On average, only 1 in 6,000 Americans turn out to vote, but young people who have registered to vote in