johonmilla (D-NC) proposes Corruption-Free Government Act
Bill fails @johonmilla
Agree with the sentiment, but the unintended consequence is that without that funding, only the very richest of the rich will be elected.
Mandatory disclosure, however, I would support.
Failure to disclose, if you hold a legislating office, should be illegal.
Nay! I concur with skinner below.
Nay, there has to be an action in exchange for the money to be officially called bribery.
Shouldn't just be lobbying groups
Nay. That doesn’t even make sense.
That’d be like saying that anyone who eats a cheeseburger will be charged with money laundering.
I feel like this should exclude NPOs
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.
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.
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.
Nice objective, but don't hold your breath. Maybe in Heaven, but it probably has never occurred on Earth.
Corruption-Free Government Act:
I. Any politicians receiving money from a lobbying group or a cooperation will hence force be charged with bribery.
* corporation. Please correct this important typo.