Candidates running for office in Alaska (and elsewhere) could significantly reduce the cost of their campaigns by simply running on the theme “Wallet,” which is the main reason people vote anyway.
Everyone running on the wallet platform, however, would result in some redundancy, so candidates would have to get creative. Since we have no state income tax or state sales tax that could cut, they would have to do what occurs in Alaska more consistently than spawning salmon: raise oil taxes. Then they could talk about increasing the Permanent Fund Dividend for every citizen by cutting other things, such as education, health care benefits, social service programs, criminal justice system, parks and other amenities.
Campaign advertising would be greatly simplified. All aspiring politicians would have to do is post a dollar number in the media; for example, “$2,050 payable to each Alaska resident in your family, each year!” Candidates would come up with catchy phrases like “Jack’s in the know, he’ll make your wallet grow;” or, “Vote for Mary-Lou, she’ll send money straight to you!”