commented on 28th Amendment 2011-10-20 02:48:58 -0400 · Flag
Hey guys, I read every comment and incorporated ideas which I thought were best into another draft of this amendment. I added in some things too which I’ll explain after I copy-paste this from my Word doc.


Sec 1. Corporations, funds, trusts, and like entities, hereafter referred to as ‘entities’, shall not have rights as ‘persons’ within the meaning of the 1st and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. No such entities may offer any form of gift or compensation or favors to any candidate for, or holder of, any elected office, hereafter referred to as ‘candidate’; or those appointed, hereafter referred to as ‘appointee’ to such an office.

Sec 2. No appointee to 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.

Sec 3. No candidate for or holder of any elected office shall be permitted to receive more than one half of one percent of the average income of the bottom fifty percent of all citizens of the United States of America* twenty-one years old or older in contributions of any form, for any purpose, from any singular citizen of the United States of America during the same election cycle.

Sec 4. No candidate for any elected office shall be permitted for any purpose to receive or spend contributions totally a value of more than twenty-five thousand percent of the median income of households in the United States of America** at the Municipal level of government; fifty thousand percent at the State level; and one hundred thousand percent at the Federal level during the same election cycle.

Sec 5. Failure of any candidate for, or appointee to, any governmental office to comply with these constraints and regulations shall be punishable by forbiddance from holding any form of governmental office in the United States of America for the rest of their life and no less than fifteen years in Federal prison.

Sec 6. Failure of any entities or citizens of the United States of America to comply with these constraints and regulations shall be punishable by forbiddance from holding any form of governmental office in the United States of America for the rest of their life, and no less than ten years in Federal prison.

Sec 7. Nothing in this Amendment or Constitution shall be construed to deny the rights or obligations of any entity to sue and be sued, or to buy, sell, own or dispose of property, or to be taxed.

Sec 8. No candidate shall use any of his or her own wealth to fund his or her own campaign***.


*For the donation cap, I chose the average income of the bottom 50% instead of average national income because if the top 1% made $1 billion each while 99% of us made $1 million, assuming 100 people in a nation (for simplicity), the average would be about $10 million (beyond the income of 99%ers) while .5% the average of the bottom 50%‘s income is $5,000. It’s an extreme example, but it shows how much the super rich can skew the average. .5% of the average income of the bottom 50% currently stands at around $160 if I recall correctly. If the wealthy want to donate more, they need to build up the poor.

**I did the math and with 2008’s median household income numbers (pre-recession), the percentages I chose align with the original dollar amounts. The purpose for choosing median income is to avoid the same problem with a national average income detailed above. While the donation cap is meant to incentivize building up the poorest 50%, the total cap is meant to incentivize building up median incomes which encompasses all people.


I added section 8 to prevent rich people from funding their own shit which I didn’t see covered anywhere else. It might need refining.

Someone check my logic. It’s almost 2am here so I might not be thinking straight.

Also, more refined drafts of this amendment are welcomed and encouraged.

Much credit to Aaron Eisenbarth and everyone who has posted.
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