Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know I can trust you?
A: Information about Citizen's Coalition for Democratization and our associated educational charity can be found at the California State Department website. Financial information and information about the members of the board of directors can be found here. We have no employees; all work, including board meetings, is done voluntarily by the members of the board of directors and our volunteers.
Q: What is your platform?
A: Our platform is anti-corruption. Read the contract here. We figure that since nobody likes corruption, we can all come together around that. We need to insist on it, and our insistence needs to be organized. That’s where we come in. We are providing our anti-corruption contract as an organized platform around which members of all parties can unite.
Q: What incentive does a politician have to sign the contract?
A: Sitting elected officials will have little or no incentive to sign it until we generate enough support that they fear losing their jobs, in which case they are more than welcome to draft and introduce the legislation themselves. Our task is to get all of the honest candidates together on one website for the benefit of the voters.
Q: Isn’t this just like that anti-tax pledge put on by Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform?
A: People often seem turned off by the association, but we don’t think they should be. Whether or not you think taxes should ever be raised, it has certainly been effective. Almost all sitting Republican members of Congress have signed that pledge. We want ours to be signed by all members of all parties. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s designed to appeal to Americans on both sides of the aisle.
Q: Isn’t one party worse than two?
A: In the case of the former Soviet Union, yes. As far as this program is concerned, the contract is the basis for the support that we receive, and it is specifically designed to give more power to the population in general, independent of political affiliation. It's important to understand that we are simply trying to give regular people the vote that they deserve. In any case, we describe ourselves as a "People's Party" but we don't plan to register as a formal political party.
Q: Is the contract binding?
A: We have been told that it may not hold up in court. However, none of the provisions in the contract will be made into law unless we elect a majority into office, in which case the public pressure will be too strong for officials to back out. The key is turning this into a mass movement.
Q: Am I able to join your group if I don’t plan to run for office?
A: For now, you can pledge your vote to a candidate with a contract, and follow us on social media. Another important thing you can do is contact the candidates who are running to represent you and ask them to sign our contract. We are working on creating new ways for people to play a role in this movement. Do you have some ideas? Let us know!
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