28th Amendment

"Corporations are not people. They have none of the Constitutional rights of human beings. Corporations are not allowed to give money to any politician, directly or indirectly. No politician can raise over $100 from any person or entity.  All elections must be publicly financed."

*Note: The finished legislation will be worded differently and have to account for inflation, etc.  This is simply to point the legislators in the right direction and make sure the final amendment accomplishes the goals we have outlined here.   

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commented 2011-10-21 02:30:32 -0400 · Flag
“it wouldn’t be difficult to get around it by taking gifts before officially running and before officially getting appointed,”

That’s not something we can address. As long as any cash or money given to the to-be candidate can’t be used (as is banned by sec 7), I’d say, good enough.
commented 2011-10-21 02:30:15 -0400 · Flag
Slightly better balance than my first wording:

Sec 3. No candidate for, or holder of, or appointee or nominee to, any local, state or federal office; shall accept any gift, donation or contribution from any other candidate or individual not a resident or citizen of the jurisdiction of that office.
commented 2011-10-21 02:29:58 -0400 · Flag
ALL IN FAVOR OF TIM ELSTON’S REVISION TO SECTION THREE?

+1
commented 2011-10-21 02:28:26 -0400 · Flag
@Christopher: How about something like this?

Sec 3. No appointee, or candidate for, or holder of, or nominee to, any local, state or federal office; shall accept any gift, donation or contribution from any other candidate or individual not a resident or citizen of the jurisdiction of that office.
commented 2011-10-21 02:27:47 -0400 · Flag
“Sec 3. No candidate for any Municipal or State office shall accept any gift, donation or contribution from any entity other than persons residing in that State.”

The rest of the original language from Sam is covered by sec 4.

“Sec 4. No appointee to, or holder of, any office of any government body shall be permitted to receive any form of gift or compensation from any entities or citizen of the United States of America save their duly awarded salary from said government body. "
commented 2011-10-21 02:26:06 -0400 · Flag
The beautiful thing about this Amendment is that it opens the playing field up to a hell of a lot more viable candidates who may not have the deep pockets to compete yet have the tools both in personality and intelligence to invoke the true change we need for this century.
commented 2011-10-21 02:23:06 -0400 · Flag
I think section 3 is a nice idea, but it wouldn’t be difficult to get around it by taking gifts before officially running and before officially getting appointed, like how all the major expected nominees of the Republican party except Romney had jobs at Fox News in 2010. The ones that ran had to quit when their campaigns started, so they just waited as long ass they could.
commented 2011-10-21 02:20:17 -0400 · Flag
and Sam of course.
commented 2011-10-21 02:19:59 -0400 · Flag
I agree with the policy choice that covering all elected officials and officeholders would eliminate the root of corruption, and I would love it if that were a real option, but I’m not sure that it’s feasible.
commented 2011-10-21 02:19:51 -0400 · Flag
@Lam, Ryan, Tim

How should we re-write Sec. 3 then? Go ahead and state how you feel it should be written.
commented 2011-10-21 02:19:37 -0400 · Flag
The word “nominated” is meant to parallel the word “candidate”. If someone is already appointed, they are office holders, and so already covered, but you don’t want gifts to people who have been appointed but do not yet hold the office.
commented 2011-10-21 02:18:16 -0400 · Flag
Just say

“…any Municipal, State, or Federal office.”
I mean.
commented 2011-10-21 02:17:29 -0400 · Flag
For purposes of federalism, shouldn’t we stray away from having this apply to state elected officials? I think this would pass easier if we only applied this to federal elections.
commented 2011-10-21 02:17:14 -0400 · Flag
Just say

“…any State or Federal office.”

A senate seat in congress is a federal office. A senate seat in the state senate is a state office.
commented 2011-10-21 02:13:51 -0400 · Flag
+1

KISS

But remove “nominated” and “gift”. Gift can be a gft of 10 billion dollars froma rich guy trying to sway your vote.
commented 2011-10-21 02:12:46 -0400 · Flag
@Christopher: I mean Sec 3.
commented 2011-10-21 02:11:52 -0400 · Flag
@Christopher: I think it’s important for Sec 2 to apply to the federal level, so we need to keep the second sentence, or some version of federal applicability, in it.
commented 2011-10-21 02:10:43 -0400 · Flag
Oops double click.

Basically to get the ball moving, if a proposal is made, give a +1 for approval or a 0 for disapproval and then state what you want changed.
commented 2011-10-21 02:09:57 -0400 · Flag
+1
commented 2011-10-21 02:09:57 -0400 · Flag
+1
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