The American Anti-Corruption Act is model policy that sets a framework for city, state and federal laws to fix our broken political system. It fundamentally reshapes the rules of American politics and restores the people as the most important stakeholders in our political system.
Fight Corruption in America: Stop Political Bribery, End Secret Money, & Fix Broken Elections
An Anti-Corruption Act has three primary goals:
Stop political bribery so special interests can’t use job offers and donations to influence politicians.
End secret money so people know who’s buying political power.
Fix our broken elections so the people, not the political establishment, are the ones in control.
Ban Lobbyist Bundling:
Lobbyists regularly bundle together big contributions from their friends and colleagues and deliver them in one lump sum to politicians. This turns lobbyists into major fundraisers, giving politicians an incentive to keep them happy by working political favors. The Act prohibits lobbyists from bundling contributions.
Close the Revolving Door:
Lobbyists and special interests routinely offer public officials high-paying lobbying jobs. Politicians and their staff routinely move straight from government to these lucrative lobbying jobs, where they get paid to influence their former colleagues.
The Act stops elected representatives and senior staff from selling off their government power for high-paying lobbying jobs, prohibits them from negotiating jobs while in office, and bars them from paid lobbying activity for several years once they leave.
Prevent Politicians from Fundraising During Working Hours:
Most federal politicians spend between 3 and 7 hours a day fundraising from big donors instead of working on issues that matter to voters. Under the Act, politicians are prevented from raising money during the workday, when they should be serving their constituents.