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I believe that the government should be beholden to – and derive its authority from – the People alone.  After all, our political system is not broken; it has been bought by special interests who have been able to sway our leaders away from the wishes of the American People.

In order to restore our Republic, we must first address Campaign Finance Reform.  As this Ted Talk by Lawrence Lessig explains, meaningful action on other issues cannot take place until we get money out of politics.

That is why I am making the pledge to fund this campaign only through the contributions of individual voters, and to refuse donations from any industry, PAC, or Super PAC sources.

If elected, I would sponsor a reintroduction of the Fair Elections Now Act, establishing a system for public financing of elections. I would also advocate for the passage of the following constitutional amendment:

Section 1. The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by Federal, State, or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

 

Section 2. Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State, and local governments shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech protected by the First Amendment.