Today is the first day of the shortest month of the year. It is also the month of my birthday, where I will be turning 28 years old – it seemed only fitting that I use the 28 days in February to explain my campaign platform, as well as share some of my own personal beliefs that I’ve picked up over my 28 years living in Michigan.

I will also be focusing on fundraising during the month of February, and during each of my posts, I’ll be asking each of you to help me in one way or another. I’ve spent the last nine months investigating and learning campaign finance laws and policies, and by spending the time to read through the regulations myself, I’ve gained a greater understanding of how money can be used to corrupt and manipulate government. By understanding the flaws in our current laws, we can create finance reform that will make political bribes illegal and help to create a system of government that is run by the voters in a representative’s district and not by wealthy campaign donors.

So what can you do to help? When you fill out your taxes this year, check the box which asks if you would like to donate $3 to the Presidential Election Campaign. You won’t be losing $3 from your tax returns – the federal government will just receive $3 less. Millennials overwhelmingly disapprove of the way money influences politics, so in order to eliminate politicians focusing on raising money for their campaign, we need to move towards taxpayer-funded elections. Before you turn in your tax returns on April 17th, make sure to check the box and donate to the Presidential Election Campaign – the only way to show Washington that quid pro quo politics isn’t acceptable anymore is by putting our money where our mouth is.

Nick Schiller is a Democrat running for the United States House of Representatives for Michigan’s 2nd Congressional district. He is not a politician, just a normal Michigander who is concerned with the out-of-touch actions of our current members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Want to learn more about Nick? Read his bio or visit his Facebook Page.