Not Even the Appearance of Corruption
Feb 28, 2018
When Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, he justified it by claiming that “independent expenditures do not lead to, or create the appearance of, quid pro quo corruption.” It turns out he couldn't have been much further from the truth.
In a study by Stanford, UC-Santa Barbara and the AP-NORC Center, conducted in 2015 and again in 2017, "only about 2 in 10 [Americans] said they think Congress pays much attention to their own constituents or Americans as a whole, or even give much consideration to the best interests of those people."
SCOTUS got it wrong on this issue, and it's up to us to get it right. Enter Candidates With A Contract, a non-partisan political reform organization focused on creating a transparent government that’s responsive to public attitudes.
We drafted the first “Anti-Corruption Contract” last May, and several dozen U.S. House and Senate candidates from 34 states have already signed on. Amazingly, the signers include Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, and Green Party candidates. Anti-corruption is one of the few issues on which conservative and liberal voters still agree.
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The movement is about raising voter’s expectations, and it's based on the idea that elected officials are supposed to be public servants, not aristocrats. We’ll never be able to expect meaningful campaign finance reform if we continue to elect candidates who aren’t even pretending to be serious about it.
This movement could radically reshape American politics for generations to come. If the word gets out and the country comes together behind this contract, candidates and incumbents will have no choice but to support it.
Why a contract? We use contracts in every other area of our lives. You can’t get a job, a phone, a line of credit – you can’t get anything without signing some sort of contract, but you can get elected to Congress. We think that needs to change.
Take a look at our contract and contact us to get involved. Click here to find U.S. House and Senate candidates in your district/state, and ask them to join our movement. Also, check out our How To Help page to see what you can do to help create a government that's responsive to the people.