Public funding of political campaigns would greatly reduce the influence of large donations, and would help elect people who actually represent the general public interest. Passage of true health care reform, measures to address global warming, etc, would at last be possible. Under such a system candidates are responsible to the voters not to the donors. AND politicians will have more time to address the issues rather than phoning for dollars. Access to a reasonable allotment of public funds plus a 4:1 matching system for small donations ($100-300) or a full public financing system would both be effective.