Rev. Dr. Paul Knupp Jr.:

 

Independent Candidate for Congress

 

- Iowa's 3rd District - 

 

 

Complete support for CFAR; CWAC, and SIMPOL

Legislation to Introduce:

  1. Total support for CFAR (below) (http://www.rationality.org/), CWAC (below), and SIMPOL (http://simpol.org/index.php?id=8).

CFAR Contract

CONTRACT FOR AMERICAN RENEWAL

U.S. Senate

State of ______________

I, ___________________, if elected to a seat in the U.S. Senate representing

State of

_____________, hereby commit to sponsor or co-sponsor and vote in fav

or of legislation

for all

of

the following:

Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.

Initiating government investment over five years towards reb

uilding our

crumbling roads, bridges, railways, airports, public transit s

ystems, ports,

dams, wastewater plants, and other infrastructure needs, while

vigilantly

minimizing their environmental impact.

Implementing bold measures to address climate change; cultiv

ating through

investment and tax incentives sustainable sources of ener

gy, as alternatives

to fossil fuels.

Ending the war in Afghanistan; ending the unnecessary military

exploits

across the globe, except where absolutely required to prot

ect the safety of

American citizens; reducing the military budget by a minimum

of 20%.

Establishing a progressive estate tax on the top 0.3% of Amer

icans who

inherit more than $3.5 million; increasing the income tax rat

es on the top

1% of earners to the levels they were at in January 1980 (70%);

closing tax

loopholes, especially targeting tax avoidance using offshore

tax havens;

introducing appropriate parallel increases to capital gains ta

x rates.

Reforming tax regulations to discourage corporations from

shifting their

profits and jobs overseas to avoid paying U.S. income taxe

s; and enacting a

universal transaction tax on Wall Street trading to discourage

reckless

speculation.

Expanding social security by lifting the cap on taxable income

above

$250,000; and increasing benefits by at least 10% for all eligible r

ecipients.

Making no reductions in the existing benefits of Medicare;

expand Medicare

as part of a single-payer initiative to establish fully uni

versal high quality

health care.

Reversing trade policies like NAFTA, CAFTA, and PNTR, and perma

nently

blocking the passage of TPP and TTIP, all of which drive down wage

s and

cause the loss of millions of domestic jobs.

Overturning Citizens United and related Court decisions and ini

tiating

comprehensive electoral reform to ban big and corporate mone

y in politics.

Making tuition free at public colleges and universities through

out America.

I will not resist, discourage, or in any manner put up an impedimen

t to, and will in fact

publicly and on the floor of the Senate actively promote, any

and all legislatio

n

which

exclusively supports these measures. If no other legislato

r comes forth to propose such

individual pieces of legislation, I will create and intr

oduce by my own initiative, within

CWAC CANDIDATE CONTRACT

SECTION I
FAIR ELECTIONS


ARTICLE I
OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED V FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
 

DESCRIPTION:
  Only natural persons who have the right to vote shall have the right to make contributions and expenditures to influence the outcome of public elections.

  Introduce legislation for a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission to enable the Congress and the States to place limitations on political contributions and expenditures.

  Congress and the States shall also have the power to limit corrupting influences on our public elections by imposing requirements ensuring the timely disclosure of contributions and expenditures made to influence the outcome of a public election or ballot issue.

GOAL:
  To limit the corrupting influence of corporations, unions, special interests, and lobbyists on our political system.


ARTICLE II
PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING
 

DESCRIPTION:

Institute a matching donation program for certain small-dollar contributions.

Offer voters a political tax credit to be put toward qualified political campaigns.

GOAL:
  To prop up the voices of Americans who cannot afford to spend as much on political contributions.


ARTICLE III
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
 

DESCRIPTION:
   The following campaign finance reform measures are based on the principle that the right to free speech applies equally to all.

Institute limits on contributions made to an issue on the ballot or a candidate for public office.

Institute limits on expenditures advocating for or against any such candidate or for or against an issue on the ballot.

Institute limits on a candidate’s own expenditures.

Institute limits on the expenditures for or against an issue on the ballot.

GOAL:
   To limit the outsized influence of large donors, and to foster elections that represent a variety of viewpoints and allow candidates and issues (i.e. initiatives and referendums) to compete on a level playing field. 


SECTION II
ANTI-CORRUPTION


ARTICLE I
SEVEN-YEAR EMPLOYMENT BAN FOR FIRMS THAT EMPLOY LOBBYISTS
 

DESCRIPTION:
   Members of Congress must wait seven years after leaving office before they can accept employment, or payment for any services performed, from any firm that engages in or contributes to lobbying activities.

GOAL:
  To remove institutionalized incentives for corruption in our political system.


ARTICLE II
END PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING
 

DESCRIPTION:
   Require states to form non-partisan, independent commissions to create an algorithm to draw legislative districts after each census for the task of redistricting. The algorithm must draw optimally compact, equal-population congressional districts that respect the boundaries of census blocks, the smallest geographic units used by the Census Bureau.

GOAL:
   To allow voters to choose their politicians instead of politicians choosing their voters.


SECTION III
TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY


ARTICLE I
FULL-TIME PUBLIC SERVANTS
 

DESCRIPTION:
   Members of Congress will be held accountable to working at least 40 hours per week on Congressional business and allowed only four weeks of paid vacation per year. Members of Congress will be required to keep a detailed record of how they spend their time, and make this record contemporaneously available to their constituents. Pay will be docked for hours not worked.

GOAL:
   To get more out of our Congress, and foster public trust in government.

*Town-halls and meetings with constituents constitute work. Campaigning and fundraising must be done on a member’s own time.


ARTICLE II
TIE CONGRESSIONAL SALARIES TO THE NATIONAL MEDIAN INCOME
 

DESCRIPTION:
  Currently, the base pay for a rank-and-file member of Congress is $174,000 per year, which equates to about 330% of the national median income (~$52,000 per year). This clause would lock in that percentage including cost of living adjustments.

GOAL:
  To institute performance-based salaries that members of Congress cannot raise on their own. This way, if members of Congress want to raise their own pay, they will only be able to do so by increasing the pay of regular people. In this case, for every dollar that the national median income increases or decreases, congressional pay increases or decreases by $3.30.

If you are a candidate and would like to sign our contract, please download below.
 

CANDIDATE CONTRACT (.PDF) - UNITED STATES SENATE

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CANDIDATE CONTRACT (.PDF) - UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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After you have signed the contract, please send the signed and initialed copy to staff@candidateswithacontract.com. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Signers will be given their own page on our website to introduce themselves, explain their positions on policy issues, and link to their campaign website and social media.

 

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