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VirtualCongress November 17th, 2017 7:00pm

johonmilla (D-NC) proposes Corruption-Free Government Act

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tipsyindian
11/17/17 6:53 pm

Agree with the sentiment, but the unintended consequence is that without that funding, only the very richest of the rich will be elected.

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ctskapski x
11/17/17 5:10 pm

Nay.
Mandatory disclosure, however, I would support.

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ctskapski x
11/17/17 5:11 pm

Failure to disclose, if you hold a legislating office, should be illegal.

mowhake Washington State
11/17/17 3:02 pm

Nay! I concur with skinner below.

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lucaval STL
11/17/17 2:54 pm

Nay, there has to be an action in exchange for the money to be officially called bribery.

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Liberty 4,032,064
11/17/17 1:23 pm

Nay. That doesn’t even make sense.

That’d be like saying that anyone who eats a cheeseburger will be charged with money laundering.

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bower8899 ...
11/17/17 1:22 pm

I feel like this should exclude NPOs

iceberg124
11/17/17 12:15 pm

Too vague

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skinner Jersey City
11/17/17 12:08 pm

Nay, this bans not only bribes (which are already banned), but literally every form of lobbying where interest groups can support candidates who fight for their interests. A democracy requires the ability of organized groups of citizens to be able to influence elected officials and banning lobbying will make these politicians completely unaccountable to the American people. I urge the president to veto this legislation if it passes. If he doesn't, then I fully intend to take this to the courts.

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johonmilla Monroe, nc
11/17/17 1:25 pm

Interest groups influencing a politician will still be allowed, but in a non-monetary form. Since most interest group donors are the mega-rich, it takes the voice away from the people, since it’s the money that talks.

skinner Jersey City
11/17/17 1:52 pm

The ability to finance political campaigns is integral to the ability to influence. If lobbyists are only providing information, then they aren't lobbyists anymore; they're think tanks. This is not a tactic reserved for the ultra-rich since there are plenty of grassroots organizations with the capacity to do the same thing. Look at unions for example.

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
11/17/17 12:06 pm

Nice objective, but don't hold your breath. Maybe in Heaven, but it probably has never occurred on Earth.

VirtualCongress Speaker NDAmerican
11/17/17 12:00 pm

I. Any politicians receiving money from a lobbying group or a cooperation will hence force be charged with bribery.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/17/17 11:10 pm

* corporation. Please correct this important typo.