I think coverage of a candidate is more important than funding. Chris Christie was at a great disadvantage to Jon Corzine when he ran for governor. Corzine, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, had millions of his own money to spend. Christie got the coverage and had a message NJ liked and thus defeated Corzine. I wouldn't move to federally funded campaigns. Why should a party with the support of a hundred people earn the same as a party with the support of a million? Third parties are at a huge disadvantage, but to make it even would require repealing the laws that disadvantage them. They already have so many loopholes to jump through if they wish to be elected, it is no wonder Republicans and Democrats dominate politics in the U.S.