For Freshmen in the House, Seats of Plenty

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The House Financial Services Committee, critics say, is a place with big incentives for freshman members of Congress to do special favors for the finance industry.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

Can there be any question or doubt about the corrupting influence money is having on our elected leaders?

 

This isn’t a partisan problem, it’s an American problem that we need to fix. The American Anti-Corruption Act offers the best way I’ve found to fundamentally change our electoral and legislative processes so that they work for all of us and not just for Big Money.

 

I’ve signed up as a citizen co-sponsor of the Act and encourage everyone to do the same at http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

 

HERE’S WHAT THE ACT DOES

For more details about the Act: http://anticorruptionact.org/

Shine a light on dark money groups and their secret donors.Outlaw members of Congress from taking donations from the entities they regulate.Close the revolving door between Congress and K Street so politicians (and their staff) aren’t trading their power in exchange for cushy jobs when they leave office.Foster small donor contributions through citizen-funded elections. (If we shut out all the corrupting money, we need to enable clean money. Because like it or not, it costs money to run for office.)Stop Super PACs and dark money groups from coordinating with campaigns.Disempower Super PACs while protecting the free speech rights of Americans.Expand the definition of lobbying to include all types of influence peddlers.

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