RESTORE DEMOCRACY: CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
At the root of nearly every dysfunction in American government and politics is our broken campaign finance system.
After a series of wrongly decided U.S. Supreme Court cases, a powerful few were allowed to buy our nation using now legal bribery and have established themselves in seats of power at all levels of government. This establishment has ever since worked to systematically disenfranchise and impoverish working families, the elderly, and the poor alike in order to enrich and empower itself.
In a Princeton University Study on American politics, it was definitively proven that over the last two decades, public opinion has had absolutely no correlation with public policy enacted by Congress. Instead, public policy reflected the will of political and economic elites. The study in part reads:
“When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.”
In a true democracy this cannot stand and when elected, our solution will have two parts:
STEP 1 – Make corruption illegal by enacting The American Anti-Corruption Act. (Click the link for full text of the Act)
The Act makes it illegal for politicians to accept contributions from special interests they regulate. It makes it illegal for politicians to accept jobs as lobbyists once they’re no longer in office. It makes it illegal for government contractors to influence foreign policy by donating to candidates. It makes it illegal to accept dark money by preventing super-PACs from contributing unlimited amounts of untraceable money. And it gives regular Americans a real vote by creating a public campaign finance option.
STEP 2 – Amend the United States Constitution to make sure that no Congress can ever bring the corruption back.
Whatever good we do together to bring Democracy back to the nation can quietly be undone by a future congress. But all over the country there are non-partisan campaigns made up of regular Americans fighting in state governments to call for a Constitutional Convention and end corruption once and for all. When elected I will use my voice and my office to amplify this call.