Many issues have been brought forth in hopes of solvency this past election cycle. Job creation, over-taxation, wasteful spending of tax revenue, illegal immigration, the health care law, and etc.. One of the least discussed topics of this election cycle is political campaign reform. However, it is most certainly needed.
I have been working on an idea for a few months on how this could be achieved without infringing upon anyone’s Constitutional rights…. and I ‘think’ I have an answer :
Scope : Political Campaign Reform
Purpose : To easily track political campaign funding for all publicly elected offices, and to limit the contributions thereof to ensure all political candidate funding is contributed by tax-paying, registered, individual voters only.
Points Of Legislation
- Only an individual citizen of the United States may directly contribute to an individual campaign for an elected public office provided; the citizen is a registered voter and does not have “proven” outstanding tax debt to the country. No special interest groups such as, but not limited to; unions, businesses, political parties, and/or religious institutions may fund candidates running for an elected public office.
- Individual campaign contributions from registered voters, who have no “proven” outstanding tax debt to this country, are limited to a maximum amount of $100 per candidate per election cycle. Individuals may contribute $100 per election cycle to as many individual candidates as they choose.
- Political campaign contributions may ONLY be used for costs associated with running the political campaign they were intended for during the specific election cycle they were contributed in. Win or lose, all unused funds will be donated to a charity of the political candidate’s choice provided the candidate does not financially gain from said contribution.
- Special interest groups such as, but not limited to; unions, businesses, political parties and religious institutions may express support for any candidate running for a publicly elected office provided that the candidate neither receives funds or illegal favors for said contribution. Any and all advertisement from a special interest group, for a candidate running for a publicly elected office, must take sole financial and legal responsibility for the contents of said advertisement. Furthermore, any advertisement, of or about a candidate seeking publicly elected office, MUST include all funding origins.
- Four (4) weeks prior to general elections, publicly televised debates will be held for candidates seeking election to a public office. Debates will be, at least, one hour long in ‘actual’ duration, and will span ten (10) days during a two (2) week period. While these debates occur, special interest groups such as, but not limited to; unions, businesses, political parties, and religious institutions may purchase advertising time to support their respective candidate(s) provided condition point 4 is met.
Editor’s Note : Admittedly, this would not stop a two faced politician who is bent on deceiving his/her constituency for one or two election cycles. However, it would make it extremely difficult for a politician to continue to “out-fund” an opponent without the financial backing of his/her constituency.
All of these points of legislation ensure that campaign money contributed to candidates for publicly elected offices come from legal, American citizens and not foreign corporations, political parties, special interest, or religious groups. They require politicians to be beholden financially, as well as morally, to tax paying, registered voters. They ensure that political candidates can generate enough revenue to compete in primary races. They require general election debates that are self funded through commercial air time from business advertisers, special interest groups, political parties, and/or individuals investors. They ensure advertisement transparency so you know, “who is responsible for the contents of said advertisement”. They require that “unrehearsed issues” be addressed based on advertisements run during commercial spots.
Dare I ask? Could this type of political campaign reform produce a more active and educated voting populace? If for no other reason, than to watch the reality drama unfold, the politicians sweat, and the stuff hit the fan.