Changes to our Elections. 3 of 3.
Currently, the bill known as H.R. 1 or more commonly known as the Corrupt Politicians Act is making its way through Congress. What follows is a list compiled by the Epoch Times on how the bill would change our elections as we know them. This is the third installment of this series.
Urges statehood for the District of Columbia and representation for territories: The bill points to the fact that the District of Columbia is not yet a state, adding, “The United States is the only democratic country that denies both voting representation in the national legislature and local self-government to the residents of its Nation’s capital.” It appoints a commission that would advocate for congressional representation and presidential votes.
Requires states to redraw congressional districts through “independent” commissions: Taking power away from state legislatures, the bill would require redistricting to occur through commissions that are also required to show “racial, ethnic, economic, and gender” diversity.
Creates a national commission to “protect United States democratic institutions”: A national commission would study elections and produce a report after 18 months with recommendations for improving elections. It would comprise 10 members, only four of whom would be selected by the minority party, giving control to the majority party (at this time, Democrats).
Mandates new disclosure for corporations: The bill codifies the Democrats’ DISCLOSE Act, to restrict corporate participation in elections. Democrats say this provision will shed light on dark money, while Republicans counter that the legislation’s transparency requirements would violate free speech rights.
Oversight of online political advertising: A provision called the Stand By Every Ad Act would stop campaign dollars from covering any form of advertising over the internet. Opponents say this would increase the cost of campaigning.
Weakens the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the case Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (FEC): The bill states that “the Supreme Court’s misinterpretation of the Constitution to empower monied interests at the expense of the American people in elections has seriously eroded over 100 years
of congressional action to promote fairness and protect elections from the toxic influence of money.” It also suggests that the Constitution should be amended “so that Congress and the States may regulate and set limits on the
raising and spending of money.”
Allows politicians to use campaign funds for personal use: Under a provision called the Help America Run Act, the bill legalizes the use of campaign donations for personal expenses such as child care.
Changes the composition of the FEC: The bill decreases the number of members on the FEC from six to five. Four members can be associated with a particular political party, making the fifth member “independent” but nominated by a president associated with a party. Former FEC members have written to Congress, warning about this change and other related provisions.
Changes rules around conflicts of interest for the president and vice president: It would require the president or vice president to divest all financial interests that could pose a conflict of interest for them, their families, or anyone with whom they are negotiating or who is seeking employment in their administration.
Changes FEC rules to require presidential candidates to provide their tax returns: Within 15 days of becoming a “covered candidate,” the individual would be required to submit copies of his or her tax returns, going back 10 years, to the FEC.
And now the end of the third in this series regarding H.R. 1. This is the full 30 points regarding how much of a dumpster fire piece of legislation covering 886 pages. Please call and or write your congressional representatives and encourage them to vote no on this massive boondoggle of a bill. I look forward to your comments and observations of any or all of these points. I’m sure that we here at The Swansen Report and Fight Back Media will have further comments on this issue.