Citizens may only give donations to candidates in elections where they are registerd
If Democracy depends on any one thing, it is the ability to express and adequately
communicate ideas. This one is easy.
Talk to HBO and Direct TV about the software and programming methodologies used to
broadcast materials in a manner similar to radio and tv stations, supplying them in an
equal and unbiased manner through the day parts. We need 2 national channels that do
nothing but broadcast these materials for Federal elections in 2 opposite rotations.
All candidates will be afforded equal times, in presentation blocks (ie) of 5, 10 and
20 minutes. Commercial announcements are not allowed, nor are announcements paid for by
candidates or lobbying groups. Production of materials will be 30% funded by the
Federal Government. Production costs must meet standards for open bidding to ensure the
lowest cost possible without loss of production quality. This could easily be done,
especially in local elections, by employing college production facilities.
A digital interface must be provided so that candidates may update materials at any
time of their choosing without interfering with the programmed rotation through the day
2 Local channels, as Direct TV does with local channels, must be provided with the same
rules and penalties.
A comprehensive web site will be established giving links to independent web sites,
programming information to each locality, and to give candidates places to upload
matrerials at will, so long as the opportunity to place materials is equal to all.
Subversion of this process must be prosecuted, and failure to persue and prosecute
election fraud, in a transparent process, will be legislated as equivalent to complicity
by the Attorney General, President and Vice President of the United States, and the
Governors in the states where it occurs.
Operation of this digital interface will be publicly funded, and, like elected
officials, should be viewed as an opportunity to serve the country. Vendors found
profiteering at the expense of the government should be prosecuted.
A governing board will be created to provide oversight on materilas aired.
Slander and defamation, the use of half-truths and politics of personal destruction are
banned. Any negative messages against other candidates must be matched with corroborated
evidence to prove allegations. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in
the assignment of broadcast time availed to that candidate to their opponents at the rate
of 3 times that used to express the lie, unfounded inuendo or defamation. No
loopholes. It may not be as exciting, but it is just.
This is one of those things that is not a matter of whether you can, but whether you
will. And it will flesh out the true intentions of our legislators.
This is not CSPAN, this is a system dedicated to tranparency in our institutions. When
elections are not being conducted, legislation being presented in Congress, as well as
discussions of other issues of the day will be put into the system, as with all other
Broadcast stations may not air political commercials of any sort. They are
required, by FCC regulation, to run psa's that effectively encourage people to use
the digital interface.
Broadcast stations will be monitored, and sanctioned as necessary, to comply with equal
time statutes for all candidates who have qualified to be on the ballot. This
monitoring will include metrics for quality and duration of coverage.
I could go on and on. If you really have questions, please do not hesitate to
Anyone who claims this is a violation of freedom of speech is simply looking for an
unfair advantage. And elections are not about money, or opportunities for windfall
profits. They are about Democracy.