The Trump administration is the most corrupt in modern American history.
But political corruption is not unique to President Donald Trump.
Even if Trump were ousted tomorrow, that wouldn’t solve the country’s historical, structural and bipartisan corruption problem.
Sweeping new anti-corruption legislation — introduced by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren — will go a long way toward unrigging our corrupt political system.
There’s a lot in Warren’s Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act. Among other things, it would:
- Slam shut the revolving door for corporate lobbyists — the system by which corporate lobbyists and officials go in and out of government.
- Ban foreign government lobbying and influence peddling.
- Create a new, independent anti-corruption agency.
- Require disclosure of tax returns by federal candidates.
- Empower individuals to sue corporations for violating federal rules.
If this was just about clean government, that would be reason enough to get excited.
But this bill is about something even more profound.
Despite partisan gridlock in Washington and an increasing cultural polarization among the populace, Americans actually agree by overwhelming numbers on an aggressive policy agenda to make our country fairer, safer, healthier, more sustainable and more equal.
Overwhelming majorities — up to 80 percent and above — want to see a steep rise in the minimum wage, Social Security expanded, health care guaranteed for all, pharmaceutical price gouging ended, rogue corporations held accountable and Wall Street banks broken up.
Overwhelming majorities favor strong environmental measures, higher corporate taxes and aggressive measures to protect food safety.
Yet our government is unresponsive to those demands.
Why? Because the system is rigged.
Let’s build the groundswell that forces Congress to pass this crucial measure.
President, Public Citizen
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