Could a question from a voter to a candidate cause a candidate to flip positions? Check this out.
In 2018, at a town hall meeting, Kamala Harris was asked whether she would reject campaign contributions from corporations or their lobbyists. Here’s the answer and the questioner’s response:
– “Well, it depends. It depends,” Harris said.
– “Wrong answer,” the questioner responded.
According to the Washington Post: “Within a few weeks, Harris reversed herself, saying that after reflecting on the town hall exchange, she decided she would join other politicians in pledging not to take PAC money from corporations.”
To persuade ... raise your hand and ask elected officials and candidates the right question
Asking elected officials and candidates about their acceptance of campaign contributions from wealthy corporate special interests accomplishes important goals:
- It communicates both to elected officials and candidates (and voters!) that voters are concerned about the corrosive influence of big money in politics — and that may cause the candidate to decide to reject such campaign contributions
- The question, itself, and the answer, can inform other voters about the elected official’s or candidate’s receipt of campaign contributions from wealthy special interests … and may cause voters to change their views about the elected official or candidate
- The question, itself, can do something very important: help demonize campaign contributions from wealthy special interests