AMENDMENT XXVII – The Clean Elections Amendment
SECTION I – Campaign Financing
A. Financing for all campaigns for Federal office (House of Representatives, Senate, and President) shall be administered exclusively by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), from general tax revenue of the United States.
B. An equal amount of money within each district or state shall be given to all House and Senate candidates meeting eligibility requirements for every election. For Presidential candidates, an equal amount shall be given to all candidates meeting eligibility requirements for every general election.
- Equal funding shall be provided within each district or state for all eligible candidates for primary campaigns, in cases of contested nominations.
- The FEC may set differing amounts for each district or state, but must disperse equal amounts to all qualified candidates within each district or state.
- Funding for all primaries shall not be distributed until 52 weeks before the general election.
- Funding for the general election shall not be distributed until all party nominating conventions have declared their candidates.
C. Funding from all other sources for primary and general elections is prohibited.
- Specifically prohibited: Individuals, corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, political parties, political action committees, and all other sources.
- Individuals are prohibited from giving or loaning personal funds to their campaigns, or using personal wealth in any way to benefit their candidacy, before or during a campaign.
D. The FEC shall set the amounts candidates receive in each election and will disperse the funds, audit their use, and collect unused funds at the end of each primary and general election.
- Candidates spending more than the legally designated amount shall be required to personally pay a fine imposed by the FEC in the amount of the overage amount and shall immediately forfeit any office or nomination to which they may have been elected. The candidate with the next highest number of votes shall be declared the winner.
- Candidates who accept any prohibited contributions shall be required to personally pay a fine imposed by the FEC of the amount of the prohibited contribution, shall immediately forfeit any office or nomination to which they may have been elected, and shall not be eligible to run for any federal office for 10 years. The candidate with the next highest number of votes shall be declared the winner.
E. Election advertising of any kind by anyone other than the candidate’s election campaign is prohibited. This includes donations of free or unpaid ad space in any medium.
F. Issues-based advertising by any independent group or individual shall not mention the name or use the face, voice, or likeness of any candidate.
G. States shall have the right to change their election laws to allow state and local funding for state, county, and municipal elections.
SECTION II – Redistricting
A. Upon conclusion of each decennial National Census, a temporary Redistricting Commission shall be appointed to conduct redistricting of all Federal congressional districts.
- The members of this Commission shall be appointed by the Supreme Court, and it shall be disbanded when the redistricting is completed. No individual may serve on this Commission more than once in their lifetime. No past or current elected officials may serve on any Redistricting Commission.
- County borders should be respected when possible, but all other factors including, but not limited to, voting history, race, or economic status, shall not be considered in establishing new Federal congressional district boundaries.
SECTION III – Direct Election
A. The President of the United States shall be elected by a majority of the national vote in general elections. In the event that no candidate reaches 50% in a general election, a runoff election with the two candidates receiving the most votes shall take place 4 weeks after the general election.
SECTION IV – Election Weekend
A. All general elections that include Federal candidates shall be conducted on the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in November, concluding at 6:00 pm local time on Sunday.
SECTION V – Presidential Primaries
A. During a presidential election year, all states will be grouped into 6 regional primaries, designated by the FEC. All states within a region must be contiguous, except Alaska and Hawaii.
- The order of voting by the regional primaries will be determined by random draw. a. No region may repeat as the first primary in subsequent presidential elections years until all 6 have had the opportunity to go first.
- Votes shall be tallied by state.
- Political parties may distribute votes for the various candidates toward party nominations in any way they choose.
- The first regional primary will be held on the first Saturday of April, the remaining 5 coming every other Saturday thereafter, until all primaries are concluded.
B. There will be 3 single-state primaries before April 1st, on the third Saturday of February and the first and third Saturdays in March.
- These states will be chosen by random draw, but no more than one from any region in a given year.
- No state may repeat in a single-state primary in subsequent presidential elections years until all states have had the opportunity to be in a single-state primary.
- Order of voting by the 3 primaries is to be determined by random draw.
- The three regions that contribute a state to the single-state primaries in one election year may not contribute a state in the next presidential election year