Kicking Corruption

Here is a simple truth: "special interests" give money to politicians, and in return, they run our country. So long as officials can be bought, we will not be properly represented in Congress.

To fix our democracy, we must…

  • Create campaign spending caps

Campaigns have become multimillion-dollar slander operations that succeed only at dividing our country. I will introduce a bill to set a maximum dollar amount that can be spent per campaign, per congressional district. For example:

Let's say that this maximum was $100,000 per district (which is 1/10th of the average cost). I would be able to spend a maximum of 100k in my current campaign. However, if you were running for Senate in TN, you could spend up to 900k, because there are nine Congressional districts in TN, and it's a statewide race.

  • Break the revolving door

We must "build a wall" between Capitol Hill and K Street (the Capitol of Lobbying). Elected officials have a rich history of abusing the public trust, and leaving their roles in Congress to take jobs as highly-paid corporate lobbyists. To end this practice, lawmakers should be required to sign a 12-year non-compete agreement that forbids them from taking lobbying positions after they leave Congress. This rule would pair nicely with 12-year term limits* because no Congressperson could lobby a member of their own Congressional class.

*this would require a constitutional amendment.

  • Elect people who don't accept corporate PAC money

What is the simplest way to ensure that your representation is not for sale? Vote for people who reject dirty money. Some elected officials openly defend the practice of accepting bribes by calling for "Universal Disarmament", meaning that they will refuse to act ethically until all others agree to do so. Instead, this campaign will lead by example and return all checks from corporate PACs.

  • Reverse Citizens United

The Citizens United decision (a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allowed unlimited political spending) must be reversed by passing a 28th Amendment to the Constitution which would allow Congress to legislate Big Money out of politics.

  • Remove Moneyed Committees

Committee roles in Congress should be delegated according to skill and ideology, not the number of wealthy acquaintances somebody has. Next time you watch a committee hearing, know that the closer they sit to the middle, the more they play the fat cats' fiddle.

Here is a prime example of the corruption we need to address:

Recently, Americans discovered that oil companies are avoiding $18 Billion in tax obligations, because of a loophole designed by a Democratic Senator from Louisiana. The same year that Senator retired, he was added to the board of Chevron Oil - a company that has profited billions as a result of his tactics.