I’ve followed (and used) Lawrence Lessig’s work in Copyright legislation for quite a number of years. If you don’t know who he is and what’s he’s doing, I recommend taking a look. Wikipedia has a pretty decent biography, or you can view his personal website, or even read his blog.
Most importantly, however, I’d like to urge you to take a bit of time and watch his presentation entitled Follow the Money. It’s a well documented and well reasoned argument making the point that our government is no longer functioning correctly due to it’s increased and continued dependence on special interests and lobbying. This issue is bipartisan – it’s not just a liberal or conservative problem.
In the presentation, Lawrence talks about how to change this situation we’re stuck in… how to make a difference. He’s at least got some ideas, and he’s put them together at the site change-congress.org.
Take a look, and then send a note to your representatives and senators letting them know that this is something that’s important to you. Or not, if you prefer to continue to getting screwed over.