The American Anti-Corruption Act
The Anti-Corruption Act sets a standard for local, state and federal laws that Fix our broken elections, Stop political bribery and End secret money.
1) Fix our broken elections:
Let voters rank their top candidates
Under the Act, voters can rank their top candidates, allowing them to support their top choice without fear of inadvertently helping elect the other party’s candidate.This makes it easier to elect independent-minded candidates who aren’t beholden to establishment special interests.
The Anti-Corruption Act ends gerrymandering by creating independent, fully transparent redistricting commissions that follow strict guidelines to ensure accurate representation for all voters, regardless of political party.
Let all voters participate in open primaries
The Act makes all candidates for the same office compete in a single, open primary controlled by voters, not the political establishment. This gives voters more control over our elections and more choices at the ballot.
Change how elections are funded
The Act offers every voter a small credit they can use to make a political donation with no out-of-pocket expense. Candidates and political groups are only eligible to receive these credits if they agree to fundraise solely from small donors. The Act also empowers political action committees that only take donations from small donors, giving everyday people a stronger voice in our elections.
2) Stop political bribery:
Make it illegal for politicians to take money from lobbyists.
Under the American Anti-Corruption Act, people who get paid to lobby cannot donate to politicians.
Ban lobbyist bundling.
The Act prohibits lobbyists from bundling contributions.
Close the revolving door.
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.
Under the Act, politicians are prevented from raising money during the workday, when they should be serving their constituents.
3) End secret money:
Immediately disclose political money online.
The Anti-Corruption Act ensures that all significant political fundraising and spending is immediately disclosed online and made easily accessible to the public.
Stop donors from hiding behind secret-money groups.
Under the Act, any organization that spends meaningful funds on political advertisements is required to file a timely online report disclosing its major donors.