The Anti-Corruption Pledge

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The Anti-Corruption Pledge is a voluntary pledge which can be taken by any candidate for political office. By taking the pledge, candidates signal that they are working to fight against the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Text (Substance)

Proposed Pledge Text:

Overarching Theme:

I hereby pledge to do whatever it takes to end the corrupting influence of money in our government.

Specific Commitments:

(1) Provide that public elections are publicly funded.
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(2) Limit, and make transparent, independent political expenditures.
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(3) Close the revolving door between Congress and K Street.
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(4) Reaffirm that when the Declaration of Independence spoke of entities "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights," it was speaking of natural persons only.
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Actions (How To Gain Traction)

Proposed Actions:

(1) citizen lobbying

Goals for the Pledge (Why bother?)

(1) Transparency: knowing quickly for whom to vote


(1) The Taxpayer Protection Pledge

"Taxpayer Protection Pledge I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."