Whether you’re a conservative, liberal, anarchist, libertarian, Tea Party or Occupy supporter, we can all agree on one thing: money has become an all too important factor in the US political scene. Elections are no longer won, but instead bought. Wealthy banks get huge bailouts while the American people lose their homes and jobs. Between lobbyists, super-pacs and special interests, the one thing the government answers to is the almighty dollar.
What is to be done about this crisis of financial temptation and irresponsibility? Welcome to the American Anti-Corruption Act, a bill potentially headed to Washington, and which has one purpose: “Get the money out and the people will get back in.”
The Act was crafted by former Federal Election Commission chairman Trevor Potter in consultation with dozens of strategists, democracy reform leaders and constitutional attorneys from across the political spectrum. It aims to transform the way elections are financed, stop the influence lobbyists have on the political landscape, and show how political money is spent. It’s a radical yet sensible taking back of power by the people, helping to restore the government to one “by the people and for the people.”
Don’t take our word for how affective this act could be: watch the great video below, then read the full act at Represent.Us. If you like what you see, make sure to sign the petition at Represent.Us so we can get this up for the vote. You can find more of the images below at facebook.com/RepresentDotUs.
Bonus video. Don’t believe it’s really that bad? Check out this video of ex-lobbyist and convicted fellon Jack Abramoff laying down part of the process behind our bribery based system: