How can you get voters to take notice and demand campaign finance reform? John Cox thinks forcing lawmakers to wear the logos of their political donors — as NASCAR drivers do — would do the trick. That’s why this well-heeled “business owner” from ritzy Rancho Santa Fe, California (no one seems to know exactly what he does) plans on rolling out a ballot initiative after the New Year.
The Sacramento Bee reports:
His ballot initiative would have candidates declare their top ten donors in campaign advertisements. Once they get to Sacramento, elected officials would need to don “stickers or badges” detailing their biggest benefactors in type printed clearly enough that anyone can read them.
“It’s a very serious proposal. We’re illustrating the fact that our legislators don’t work for us – they work for the people who give them money.”
Would John Cox’s Campaign Finance Reform Proposal Change Anything?
As you can easily predict, Ted Cruz’s sponsors are a mix of corporate donors and right-wing groups; Bernie Sanders’ top campaign contributors are all labor unions; and Marco Rubio’s money comes from corporations. (NOTE: As Open Secrets points out in their fine print, the donations don’t actually come from these companies, groups and labor unions: They’re collected from people who work for and/or are members of these groups.)
Photo/Composite (L-R): cc 2015 Gage Skidmore/Flickr (Cruz), cc 2015 AFGE/Flickr (Sanders), cc 2015 Gage Skidmore/Flickr (Rubio),| Data for donor logos: Top 6 funding sources 2011-2015 via OpenSecrets.Org.