Political parties are highly susceptible to corrupt influences. Therefore, as one of the people charged with the responsibility of managing a political party, you need to do your best to protect it from such influences. Otherwise your party will be infiltrated and with time, it will stop standing for the ideals it was set up for. We have seen that happen to very many political parties — and if you are not careful, your political party won’t be the exception. Naturally, a question comes up as to how exactly you can protect a political party from corrupt influences. And in answering that question, we discover that there are at least three practical ways in which you can protect a political party from corrupt influences, namely:
- Vetting funds: one of the main ways in which political parties are infiltrated by corrupt influences is through funding. You may therefore find yourself having to decline certain funds, if you want to protect your political party from corrupt influences. If you accept the merchants of corruption to fund your political party, you will also have to allow them to influence your party’s policies. Ideally, a political party should be funded by its members. A political party member may, for instance, go to the KPFprepaid check balance webpage, and discover that he has some extra funds in his account. Those would be funds he can donate to the political party. Another member may receive a salary bonus, and opt to devote part of it to funding his political party. Yet another member may receive a cash gift, and opt to devote part of it to funding his political party… These are clean sources of funds. Relying on them is better than accepting money from the merchants of corruption. When you come to think of it, it doesn’t really cost a lot of money to keep a political party going. There is therefore no reason as to why it shouldn’t be possible to fund the party using member’s contributions. But if you have to accept external funding, you need to vet the donors carefully and ensure that there are no ugly strings attached to the money.
- Vetting party officials: all people who express the desire to become party officials need to be vetted carefully, before being voted into office. Only the people who strongly believe in the party ideals, and who have no decipherable connections to the merchants of corruption should be allowed to become party officials. People need to be told, right from the outset, that it won’t be automatic for them to become party officials. That they will have to go through a vetting process, before being allowed to stand for party positions.
- Empowering ordinary members: it is the ordinary members who know what the party’s best interests are, and who are less susceptible to corrupt influences. Whereas the merchants of corruption can infiltrate the top echelons and corrupt the officials, they can’t corrupt the ordinary members (who tend to be numerous). Therefore, empowering ordinary members goes a long way towards protecting a political party from corrupt influences. You should aim for a scenario where the ordinary members can veto the decisions made by the officials. But if you have the reverse scenario – where the officials are in a position to veto the decisions made by the ordinary members – then your political party is open to corrupt influences.