Congress Can't We Can---------------Campaign Finance Reform
XXVIII AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION

"Nothing happens unless First A Dream" Carl Sanburg.

Section I

Campaign contributions for the United States House of Representatives, Senate and President must come from United States citizens (Corporations are not citizens and will not be granted any rights as such under this Amendment.) whose primary residence is in the geographical area that the candidate represents or from a entity (businesses (profit or non-profit) unions, institutions, collectives, PACs, etc.) that both has offices, stores, etc., and does business in the geographical area that the candidate represents. The entities must be license and regulated by the laws of the geographical areas in which they operate. The entities cannot be temporary and created for an election cycle.

For local or state office this amendment authorizes the district, county, parish, borough, or state inwhich a candidate running for office to enact legislation to define authorized campaign contributions and the sources of such.

For local or state office this amendment authorizes the district, county, parish, borough, or state inwhich a candidate running for office to enact legislation to define authorized campaign contributions and the sources of such.
Section II
  1. Contributions from individuals are limited to $2400.00 (two thousand four hundred and no/100 dollars) annually per candidate in each the primary and general election.
  2. Contributions from an entity - businesses (profit or non-profit) unions, institutions, collectives, PAC, etc. are limited to $3,000.00 (three thousand and no/100 dollars) annually per candidate in each the primary and general election.
  3. The contributions are to be indexed and adjusted annually on January 1.
  4. Candidates may not accept contributions within ten days of an election and all contributions must be reported and available to the media four days before an election.
  5. Candidates are not prohibited from spending their personal fortunes to finance their campaigns.
  6. Candidates are allowed to borrow to finance their campaigns but the debt must be secured by the candidate's personal property - real estate or other assets.
  7. Candidates are not allowed to accept materials (signs, posters, handouts, etc.) without including such as value under the limited contributions stated above.
  8. Candidates may accept services from individuals, not companies or other entities, which would include walking precincts, operating telephone banks, etc. as non-monetary contributions without limit
Businesses (profit and non-profit), unions, institutions, collectives, business alliances (Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, etc.,) PAC's are prohibited from contributing directly out of their coffers beyond the $3,000.00 (three thousand and no/100 dollars) limit but can be a funnel used to collect funds - personal checks with a signed statement saying that the contributor is not exceeding his limit for campaign contributions -- from individuals and businesses and directly forward these contributions to candidates. The contributions must be specifically directed at a candidate or proposition and the entities are only to collect and forward the actual contributions (checks, etc.) and are not allowed to deposit them.
Section III

Violations of this Campaign Finance Reform Amendment may be considered an ongoing criminal conspiracy and could be prosecuted under provisions of the RICO Act:

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations ("RICO") Act, 18 U.S.C. 1961-68 (1994).

Conviction will result in a mandatory sentence of a minimum of ten years in federal prison and a fine equal to 10% of the assets of the individual or the individuals (including officers) of the company, (profit and non-profit), union, institution, association, collective, PAC, etc.

A legislative solution to eliminate "Legal bribery" will not work bcause Congress would not put itself or its lobbyist friends in jeopardy with significant mandatory sentences, ten years in prison, and a fine equal to 10% of the violator's (individual and/or company) assets. Furthermore, any legislation could and would be modified by the next congress to weaken it.

This suggestion for the XXVIII AMENDMENT is not cast in stone, but this show needs to hit the road. Read it, think about it, question it, modify it and E-Mail your thoughts to Jim or jfh@congresscantwecan.com or Send this to family, your friends, your not-so-agreeable friends, your representatives, Oprah, Morning Joe, O'Reilly, everybody.

 

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