The 28ers' 28th Amendment

Section 1. Creating a Branch Like the FEC with Teeth

This amendment hereby creates a Branch with the authority to ensure equal access to the election process: oversee all federal elections, disperse all election funds to qualified candidates and enforce all ensuing sections of this amendment. The structuring of this Branch shall consist of The Secretary and two representatives from each state who shall be elected to a four year term, by popular vote every two years. The Supreme Court shall preside over all impeachments of elected officials in this Branch. All members of the public shall have free and equal access to all documents from this Branch.

From the passage of this Amendment, all citizens are granted equal access to federal politicians. The Branch is required to oversee, audit and allow exceptions based on a rigorous rubric. Paid lobbying, paid consultation and paid advocacy from non-profit or for-profit entities toward federally-elected politicians is banned henceforth. No persons shall be compensated for any meetings with any elected official. Campaign season begins when the Branch allocates campaign funds to qualified candidates.

Congress shall fund the agency to no more than 60 billion dollars pegged to fiscal year 201 3 and adjusted to inflation; subsequently, the agency shall be funded each year under the supervision of the Branch secretary who shall be required to provide Congress an annual budget. The principal officers shall be paid equal to the salary of a member of the House of Representatives. No employee of the Branch shall be paid more than the principal officers. This Branch shall have authority to enforce the provisions of this article in Federal Courts, whose authority shall extend to actions by the Branch against Congress and the Executive Branch. This Branch has the right to bring lawsuits against any violation of any election law. The Supreme Court shall have Final Jurisdiction.

Section 2. Corporations Are Not Voters; They Don’t Dance, Cry, Dream or Even Breathe

Whether or not corporations are deemed to have “personhood,” congress and the states shall exclusively restrict campaign financing to public funding. Public funding does not extend to persons, citizens, for-profit and non-profit corporations, NGOs, and limited liability companies.

Section 3. Money Is Not Speech

Federal, State and local governments have the right to regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, from either a candidate’s own wealth and expenditures or any organization or natural person, whose aims are to influence, in any way, the elections of candidates for public office or any stated ballot measures.

Section 4. Required Public Financing for All Federal Elections

All campaigns for the United States’ Presidency, Members of United States House Representatives and Senate positions shall be financed exclusively from funds that are generated, allocated and audited by the Branch created in Article 1. No campaign funds shall be permitted to any federal candidate from any other source, including the candidate.

Section 5. Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket

During federal election-day, each natural citizen who casts a ballot will be granted one lottery number automatically entered into a pool from which fifty numbers per state will be selected to win $100,000. These funds will come from the budget of the Congressional salary and be adjusted yearly for inflation. The winnings will be tax free.

Section 6. National Day of Democracy

From the passage of this Amendment, the second Tuesday of November is hereby made a Federal Holiday as the official voting-day for each national election. This National Day of Observance will celebrate a one-voice, one-vote democracy.