Target: Represent.Us campaign
Goal: Take back our elections from the super-rich, and put power in the hands of the people
The American Anti-Corruption Act is a sweeping proposal to get all big money out of politics. Developed by former Federal Election Commission chairman Trevor Potter, and championed by a non-partisan nonprofit organization called Represent.Us, the Act was carefully crafted in consultation with a broad spectrum of strategists, democracy reform leaders, and constitutional attorneys from all across the political divide.
The Act includes nine key provisions: 1) It prohibits members of Congress from soliciting or receiving contributions from any industry or entity that they regulate. 2) It limits SuperPACs’ contributions. 3) It closes the “revolving door” between politics and industry. 4) It expands the definition of and requires registration of all lobbyists. 5) It limits the amount of money that lobbyists and their clients can make to political campaigns. 6) It mandates full transparency for all political contributions over $10,000. 7) It empowers all voters, regardless of income, with a $100 tax rebate that can be donated to any qualifying federal candidate, political party, or political committee. 8) It requires federal candidates to disclose the names of individuals who “bundle” contributions. 9) It strengthens the Federal Election Commission’s independence and the House and Senate ethics processes.
A recent academic study by Princeton and Northwestern Universities found that the U.S. is effectively an oligarchy, whose policies and politicians are determined not by voter will but by a small dominant class of elites. The Anti-Corruption Act has the power to transform our government by wresting electoral power away from corporate lobbyists and shady superPACs and returning it to individual voters. It will ensure equal representation for all American citizens, returning the U.S. to the democratic republic envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Please let the Represent.Us campaign know that you support their efforts to fight systemic corruption in the U.S.
Dear Represent.Us Team,
The American Anti-Corruption Act is a beacon of light in an increasingly shady political environment. When corporations and the super rich have so much money to spend in politics, it is difficult to feel empowered as average voters, consumers, or citizens.
I believe that your movement to end corruption has the power to take back our country. Thank you for standing up for voters. You have my full support, and I wish you the best of luck with your campaign.
[Your Name Here]
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