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Campaign Reform

09/22/2011 01:06 pm ET | Updated Nov 22, 2011

Campaign Reform Key to Governing and Recovery

Campaign reform is essential to enable public officials to focus on the peoples business and interests instead of personal and/or special interests.

Accordingly, legislation must be enacted that would:

(1) ban any and all gifts or campaign contributions to any elected official, candidate and political party or related entity from any and all sources;

(2) provide equal public financing to qualified candidates and/or incumbents commensurate with the office sought; limit the campaign season;

(3) cap campaign spending;

(4) mandate the return to the respective government funding source of all campaign financing not legitimately or appropriately spent;

(5) require, as a condition of all public air wave length licensing, that TV and radio stations allocate reasonable broadcast debate time appropriate to their respective office to all officially qualified candidates (under standards set by an independent, bi-partisan Congressional Campaign Reform Committee);

(6) disqualify any candidate and impose severe criminal and civil penalties for non-compliance by donors and/or recipients; and

(7) extend the terms of members of the House of Representatives from 2 to 4 years to free them from continuous reelection campaigning and fund raising so they can concentrate on governing in the public interest.

Alternative: In the event banning campaign contributions is unconstitutional, legally require any and all individuals, businesses, unions, nonprofits, special interest groups or organizations and NGOs to publically disclose (including notifying their stockholders or members) any and all contributions to political campaigns, political parties, political funding entities, and special interest organizations, together with any and all lobbying expenditures to any entity imposing substantial civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance.

Harry L. Langer E/mail: harrylanger@hllanger.com.