Here's a way to get corporations out of politics: Pass a ballot initiative that makes corporate influence ILLEGAL in the state of Arkansas.
Today the Arkansas Attorney General certified the popular name and the ballot title “The Campaign Finance and Lobbying Act of 2012” Ballot Initiative, submitted by Regnat Populus 2012, a citizen-led Ballot Question Committee.
The Committee may now begin the canvassing efforts necessary to acquire the needed signatures to qualify the Proposed Act to be included on the 2012 General Election ballot this November.
In brief, the proposed language includes provisions for the following changes to existing Arkansas Campaign Finance and Lobbying statutes:
1. Enabling greater transparency of contributions by disallowing direct corporate and union contributions to state political campaigns, although such entities may continue to use authorized Political Action Committees, thus aligning Arkansas state law with current Federal Election Commission rules.
2. Lengthening the “cooling-off” period that legislators must wait after leaving office before they return as lobbyists from 1 year to 2 years.
3. Enacting the “Wal-Mart Rule,” disallowing gifts from lobbyists to legislators which will allow legislation being considered by the General Assembly to stand purely on its own merits.
The Regnat Populus 2012 Ballot Question Committee derived its name from the Arkansas state motto which means “The People Rule.” Regnat Populus hopes to greatly utilize citizen involvement to mobilize a wide-spread volunteer canvassing effort. A Kick-Off Party will be held on April 7 at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott Street and the public is invited. “The Regnat Populus 2012 Ballot Question Committee will hold a canvassing workshop and recognize the supporters and volunteer canvassers who have already committed to helping make “the people rule” more than just a motto.” Paul Spencer, committee chair, will speak about the significance of this action in today’s political climate. The full text of the proposed initiative, as well as information about the group and volunteer opportunities, can be found on the group’s website www.regnatpopulus2012.com
Please direct any interview or speaking requests to: info@regnatpopulus2012; text requests to (870)718-4745; or call (214) 686-6347.