Quoted from the recent Brennen Center for Justice newsletter:
A new report released by the Brennan Center and New America this week proposes a new legal and public foundation for campaign finance reforms and the restoration of American democracy. Arguing that the story we tell about the problem of money in politics and its solutions “shouldn’t just be a post hoc justification for old solutions, but … blaze a path toward creative solutions,” author Mark Schmitt offers “political opportunity” as a potential framework and rationale for democratic reform. Schmitt argues that rather than focus on putting a ceiling on the electoral and political voice of the very wealthy, reformers should focus on creating structures that ensure opportunity for people, organizations, ideas and visions that are currently shut out of the political process. “Political opportunity-based reforms hold the promise of restoring fluidity and creativity to the political process, as candidates compete on new ideas and new axes of conflict and compromise emerge, breaking the stifling duality of the current system,” wrote Schmitt.
This leads to the question of what kind of reforms could encourage or incentivize those "currently shut out of the political process." One idea that has been around for years is to give everyone a voucher or tax credit for donations to the candidate(s) of their choice. Are there other ideas?