Here’s a true-or-false quiz for you:
- Politicians may not take money from the interests they write laws for.
- Shady contributions and coordination by Super PACs are against the law.
- Public servants may not become lobbyists for five years after they leave office.
- Lobbyists may not make massive contributions to political campaigns.
- Every political donation must be disclosed..
If you answered true for any of the above, I have a surprise for you. They are all false.
But a group called Represent.Us is trying to get things changed..
And I think it’s about time.
American politics has sunk to an all-time low. Plagued by voter apathy and public relations “spin,” the greatest democratic experiment in history is in disarray.
I read an article some time ago reporting that most of the members of Congress have some kind of criminal background. And a politician – I think it was a state representative – was recently reelected while actually serving time behind bars.
Some politicians act like B movie hoods – Representative Michael Grimm, for example. He’s the New York congressman who threatened to kill a reporter who asked an embarrassing question, remember? Now, he’s charged with tax fraud.
But even the politicians who seem to be decent, ordinary Americans can surprise you.
I wish I could say the tainted politicians were all Republicans, but Democrats have been caught with their hands in the till, too.
I suppose it’s impossible to keep the crooks out of politics but we can at least rty to curb their activities.
And that’s what the Represent.Us campaign is all about.
Last November, the group took on big money in Florida – and won! The state legislature passed America’s first Anti-Corruption Act.
Now, they’re taking on the rest of the country. They’re asking for our help.