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Pope Francis: We Need Public Financing and Transparency

March 10, 2015 | Adam Smith


Responding to questions about elections in his home country of Argentina, Pope Francis highlighted the influence money can buy, suggested public financing as a solution, and endorsed more transparency, according to Crux.

From the report (emphasis added):

Referring to the national elections his home country will have later this year, he asked for politicians to have a clear, concrete platform, to be honest when presenting their ideas, and to hold a ‘free, unfinanced campaign.’

“In the financing of electoral campaigns, many interests get into the mix, and then they send you the bill,” Francis said.

He also called for transparency in fundraising for political campaigns.

“Perhaps public financing would allow for me, the citizen, to know that I’m financing each candidate with a given amount of money,” he said. “Everything needs to be transparent and clean.”

Pope Francis is, obviously, the most high profile faith leader to endorse reforms to the way our elections are financed, but he’s not the first. Check out this 2014 series of essays organized by Auburn Seminary on faith and democracy.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is Every Voice's communications director.

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