We are now in the season of wall-to-wall political advertising. Politicians are spending literally billions of dollars (mostly from corporations and the wealthy) to make you remember their names and vote for them. So let's turn the tables on the big spenders. As you see or hear these ads on TV or radio (the most expensive media), make note of the candidates being promoted. When you vote, vote against the candidate in each race who has done the most advertising. This vote will be the correct one in a large majority of cases, as the candidate who did the most advertising is the one most beholden to special interest money.
What about negative ads? Keep track of those also. And then vote for the candidates being attacked in those ads, for the same reason. If the big money boys put out attack ads against a candidate, he or she is quite likely the best candidate running for the office.
If you want to make sure you are voting against the big money candidate, you can usually check your state's campaign finance reporting system. For state and legislative races in Oregon, for example, go to the ORESTAR Search and find the candidates you want to know about. For races for U.S. Congress, go to Open Secrets.
Pledge now to Vote Against the Ads.