Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

The article I published earlier this week, got a lot of comments and exposure, it was a nice little emotional rant that made me feel better (calling politicians “Whores”, is a great way to release all the anger that their political incompetence generates):

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/get-the-money-out-of-politics-with-getmoneyout-com-dylan-ratigan-tries-to-do-something-to-get-money-out-of-politics-and-solve-the-us-politician-whore-crisis/

More importantly to me, my friends and family have devoted a lot of time discussing this issue and the proposed Constitutional Amendment that Dylan Ratigan’s http://www.GetMoneyOut.com website is proposing.

If you haven’t gone to the site and registered, click here : www.GetMoneyOut.com

The GetMoneyOut.com site is trying to sign up as many people as possible for support for the following Constitutional Amendment:

“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, campaign contributions to candidates for Federal office shall not constitute speech of any kind as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or any amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office.”

The Best Idea?
For sure, the idea of a constitutional amendment to the constitution that will get the money out of politics is much needed, and who’s time has come.

The fact that a politicians vote can be bought with a large enough campaign contribution is simply bribery, prostitution and a treasonous crime against America – all rolled up in one act.

The discussion among friends and family was NOT about the need, but about the proposed amendment itself.

So let’s take a closer look at it, sentence by sentence:
“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office.”

No one seems to have an issue with this, but the first question is – How do the candidates run for office? What about Federal Election Funds? What about free TV and media exposure/time?

The real question here is: Where will the money go?

Getting the money out of the election is critical, but the key to making this work will be adding something about special interest groups and lobbyists.

Therefore, I propose the following changes to the first sentence of the proposed GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment:

“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office, except for those funds given to the candidates by the Federal Election Commission public campaign fund.”

I would add the following sentence to deal with the lobbyists and Special Interest groups:

“Neither elected Federal Public officials, nor are their spouses allowed to accept any gifts or money from no person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign while holding public office, except for the US government salary for that office. Any income other then the US Government salary must be declared, and given to the FEC public election fund.”

The above will make public office, a real service to the country, since you or your spouse will not be allowed to earn any money outside your government income. This would limit the ability of lobbyists and PAC’s to buy politicians while they are in office.

Next I would add this sentence to the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment:

“Any member, employee, staff, or volunteer of PAC’s, SuperPAC, or Lobby groups are forbidden to have direct personal communication with Federally elected officials, nor are they allowed to advertise on behalf of any person running for Federal office.”

No Problem
The next part of the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment says:

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, campaign contributions to candidates for Federal office shall not constitute speech of any kind as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or any amendment to the U. S. Constitution.”

No one seems to have any issue with this, or any thing to add. It is needed to make the first part of the amendment legal.

Every Day is a Holiday
The last part of the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment says”

“Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office.”

This actually seems to provoke a lot of discussion, with many of the people saying it is not necessary.

It would also be hard to enforce, and may actually reduce voting turn out since people will use the day for holiday or leaving town. Better to simply make the voting day on a Saturday, in which most people don’t work.

I propose adding that, to the last line.

So, in summary, I would like the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment to look like this:

“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office, except for those funds given to the candidates by the Federal Election Commission public campaign fund.

Neither elected Federal Public officials, nor are their spouses are allowed to accept any gifts or money from any person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign while holding public office, except for the US government salary given for that office.

Any income other then the US Government salary must be declared, and given to the FEC public election fund. Any member, employee, staff, or volunteer of PAC’s, SuperPAC, or Lobby groups are forbidden to have direct personal communication with Federally elected officials while in office, nor are they allowed to advertise on any medium on behalf of any person running for Federal office.

Congress shall set the day of any Federal Election for that of any Saturday of any given week or month, for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office.”

Ring the Bell
If you agree with my changed to the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment, then let Dylan Ratigan know it by:

Emailing him at:

teamdylaninbox@gmail.com

Tweet him at:

http://twitter.com/#!/DylanRatigan

Message him at:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32692484/ns/msnbc_tv-morning_meeting#.ToTLUlmO6Zw

Facebook him at:

http://www.facebook.com/DylanMSNBC

Contact government officials at:

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

or

http://www.dearpolitician.org/a_new_voice.php

Good Luck America…

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

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2 thoughts on “Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

  1. In order for this country to remain the bright star that people around the world look to,we need to return the power and authority to the people and do it soon before it is too late. We have let the grumpy small
    minded minority (tea party) to dominate the airwaves,protests in the streets,take hostage the debate in
    congress and drown out the peaceful passive voices of the majority.Civil rights only came about through protest,load in your face protest.That is the only way the politicians will heed our out cry,our rage,our demand for change .This has to be the way fore our votes have been bough by the haves.So let us my fellow Americans join the Get Money Out Of Politics protest so the the politicians cannot help but hear our anger and demand for change!!!!

  2. Agreed, the original Language still needs some work.
    1st: a corporation is a type of business, plus there is the loophole for special interest groups so it should say “No Person or Legal entity…” using Legal entity would cover businesses, PACs, Unions, etc, plus would cover future creations, as they are by definition created through Law.
    2nd: “…or to contribute money on…” this is redundant removing “to contribute money” here would add clarity.
    3rd: “…campaign contributions…shall not constitute speech…” this is Very dangerous and could have unforeseen consequences since “contributions” are not defined, It would be better to specifically give Congress the power to regulate money to remove the 1st Amendment problems.
    Its not bullet proof but it could read something like:

    “Notwithstanding any other provision of Law or any Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; No Person or Legal entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute Money, directly or indirectly, to any Candidate for Federal Office or on behalf of or opposed to any campaign for Federal Office; Congress shall have the Power to regulate Money and in kind contributions to or on behalf of Federal Officials and Candidates for Federal Office; for the purpose of preventing corruption thereof and preserving Fair elections. Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office.”

    Also, by injecting the word “elected” you would create a loophole since not all Federal Officials are elected. Also, the holiday would be a good thing, Elections are on Tuesdays now, so Monday would be work, day off for elections, then back to work on Wednesday. The big objection I keep hearing is that people think it must be a PAID holiday, it does not need to be, just calls for a holiday. Plus it couldn’t hurt since only about 30% of Americans actually vote now.
    OK sorry about the long post!

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