How Mark Stewart divorces donations from influence

Mr. Stewart deliberately severs himself from checks and credit card donations that come to the campaign.  
He won't see them.  No name, no amount.  

During the campaign, he does not want to hear "I'm a donor, so....".  Literally the conversation is at that point over, or might turn to sports.   He doesn't want to see an email saying "I financially supported you"; that email will not be read any further and not be replied to.

Should Stewart be elected to office, these names will not be revealed to him.  During his service a donor simply gets "balanced access".  Balanced means any conversation he has with a donor is heard, and can be responded to, by a donor's opponent.  

Consistent with his view that "crowds are good for innovation", Stewart believes that influencing policy should be done in a crowd, of at least three. So every meeting set up with Stewart will be publicized in advance.  Should there be any counter-interest, Stewart's aide will select at least one such objector to attend the meeting AND take at least one email from that objector following the meeting, and will make that email public on  

Competition for meetings is decided simply, divided approximately this way:

  • five-figure donors can get 5 meetings or 5 emails read in a year,
  • four figure donors can get 4 meetings or 4 emails read in a year,
  • three figure donors can get 3 meetings or 3 emails read in a year,
  • two-figure donors can get 2  meetings or 2 emails read in a year,
  • and NON-donors can get 1 meeting or 1 email read in a year.

Though this is meant to become an even split of Mr. Stewart's outreach time, he will err by expanding the category of NON-donors.
Should he happen to learn of a really large donor trying to influence policy, Mr. Stewart asks the public to trust that he's capable of segmenting ideas from dollars.  "I'm trained in coordinated thinking; it's not hard."  He and his Staff are capable of "following the money" to ferret out the genesis of a seductive corporate proposal. 

Stewart continues to learn and be influenced by NON-political Americans.  He engages workers, students, parents, soldiers, and retirees in his regular life.  His favorite word is "Why?".  Ordinary inputs carry at least as much sway as a crafted email or a dedicated meeting.   "Even if my Staff accidentally lets loose the name of a big donor slotted to email or meet me, don't expect your wallet has any influence.  You are donating because my cause is good, or my dedication to America is good.  If your interests coincide with America's interests, your proposal will find favor; if not, I'm capable of rejecting the proposal from even a seven-figure PAC donation".   In short "Buyer" Beware.

Most important for assuring why Stewart cannot be bought: "I'm running an organization dedicated to assuring that ordinary citizens' interests get elevated to the interests of big corporations and well-funded organizations.  There's no way I'd sell you out."  That organization is The Resistance (  The Resistance is a vehicle for ordinary citizens to challenge incumbents in Congressional and State House races.  Indeed, there is no higher purpose in the White House campaign than Stewart's pledge to "take our democracy back."