Please urge your legislators to enact The Fair Elections Fund. It expands voter participation, enables more candidates, eliminates fundraising, and lets Registered Voters decide which candidates may use public funds.
The Fair Elections FundDRAFT
A Whole New Ball Game
In order to build a political system that represents voters and invites inclined individuals to serve them in elective Federal offices, under the authority granted in Article One, Section 4, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution, [Congress] hereby enacts these regulations for public campaign financing of candidates for the Offices of the President, Vice President, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, to take effect immediately. This program operates independently of First Amendment-protected campaign financing practices that do not use public funds.
1. Terminate the current Federal Election Commission's ("FEC") Presidential campaign and political party convention funding assistance effective November 8, 2012, as it is public money supplementing private money that may come from, and benefit, unknown sources. Transfer the remaining balance into this public campaign financing program.
2. To gain representation with taxation, under Article 1, Section 8 Clause 1, and Section 9 Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress passes and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS") will collect, a tax of Seven Dollars ($7.00) per living individual Social Security Number ("SSN") IRS tax filer's annual Federal income tax return to fund this FEC campaign financing program. This means that most funding will arrive around April of every year for most elections that are every other November.
3. As allowed expression under the First Amendment, unlimited donations may be made to the Fund from individuals, clubs, businesses, corporations, organizations, and other special interest groups ("Private Donors"), which may remain anonymous. However, only the FEC, and no Private Donors, may distribute funding, gratuities, or paid services of any kind directly to a participating candidate or their campaign.
4. These publicly funded candidates shall be identified on all ballots as: FEC -- (inclination).
5. Providers of electioneering communications, including television, radio, cable, and wireless service ("Providers") operating on public airways shall provide each publicly funded candidate (or their campaign) for each office in each election area with the following minimum prime-time airtime at no cost as follows:
a. For sixty (60) days prior to earlier Primary Elections or the fifth and sixth calendar months in a nine (9) calendar month campaign period preceding an election: Five percent (5%) of airtime between 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (average 3 minutes per hour).
b. For thirty (30) days preceding the election: Ten percent (10%) of airtime between 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (average 6 minutes per hour).
c. The time shall be made available to each publicly funded candidate in each state, district or territory for elective office(s) in non-consecutive 30 and 60-second increments interspersed with scheduled programs.