For Buddy Roemer, it’s all about the Benjamins. But he’ll only accept one at a time. The former governor and congressman from Louisiana and current presidential candidate has capped his campaign contributions at just $100 per donor in a symbolic move to stand up against corporate corruption in government. “I came to the decision that Washington wasn’t broken: it was bought,” Roemer said. “The only way to be president was to be free to lead. I decided to set a very low margin, $100, and ask every American to consider joining the election long before he votes.” As of Feb. 13, the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics reported that more than $71 million has been spent by outside organizations. But Roemer not only limits contributions, he also refuses to take any money from Super PACs, which he views as illegal and corrupt.
Since the start of the primaries, Roemer has had little success. The Associated Press reported he received 945 votes in New Hampshire, his best state. And while he understands that lifting the self-imposed contribution cap could raise his profile – and vote total — Roemer remains steadfast. “Is one of my options to do what it takes to win, and then change? No. Then nobody will follow you, you have to win like you will serve,” Roemer said. “And when you do, Congress [will] look at you and say ‘wow, the son of a gun did it. I am going to listen to what he has to say.’ That’s how you change the system, top down meets bottom up.”