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Amendment XXVIII ?

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In order to preserve the independence of both the Congress and the President,

(a) no individual, group, or entity shall provide Funds, Gifts, Emolument, Office, or Title to any candidate for office.

(b) For each office to which a member is elected in the House of Representatives, Senate, and President, an allotment shall be granted from the Treasury to be divided among qualified candidates to be used in campaign efforts, as a "Campaign Fund" to be overseen by an agency designed by Congress and reporting to the President. Said allotments shall every eight years be reviewed and upon vote of Congress and approval by the President, adjusted.

(i) Until such time as the first review is held, allotments for House of Representatives shall be the sum of $750,000; allotments for Senate shall be $1,500,000; and allotment for President shall be $150,000,000.

(ii) All qualified candidates for office shall share equally among the allotment for their Office, and shall expend such funds or resources as they deem best in seeking that office.

(iii) Candidates for House of Representatives and Senate will be considered qualified for a Campaign Fund if they are legally eligible to hold the Office, and if they complete the requirements for appearing on their State's official ballot no less than six months prior to the election.

(iv) Candidates for President will be considered qualified for a Campaign Fund if they are legally eligible to hold the Office and if they acquire signatures endorsing their candidacy by no less than 1% of the voting-age residents of at least 90 per cent of all states, said signatures to be ratified by their State no less than six months prior to the election.

(v) Any amounts given under (a), above, shall be added to the candidate's Campaign Fund.

(vi) All transactions to and from a candidates Campaign Fund shall be part of the public record and made available to the public freely using reasonable methods of inquiry or review as part of the function of the Agency designated in (b)

(c) Expenditures of personal funds or resources by a candidate for him or herself or his or her family, upon common and reasonable needs such as transport, lodging, meals or other common sundries shall be exempt from the requirement to be paid out of a Campaign Fund.

(i) Volunteers or paid employees expending their own personal funds or resources for their own personal needs such as transport, lodging, meals or other common sundries shall be exempt from the requirement to be paid out of a Campaign Fund.

(d) Any candidate proven in a court of law to have accepted Funds, Gifts, Emolument, Office, or Title during his or her candidacy shall void said candidacy, shall vacate any Office held should such finding be after the victorious resolution of the election, and shall be forbidden from participation in any future election as a candidate for Federal office. Should a person holding Office be forced to vacate, a successor shall be installed to the office per its normal rules and regulations, and any salaries paid to such an individual during his or her tenure shall be returned.

(e) No individual, group, or entity may expend funds or resources in the support of or opposition to any candidate for office unless such funds or resources are drawn from a Campaign Fund for the seat for which that candidate is currently contesting, and unless the candidate to which the Campaign Fund is assigned has given authorization and permission for such expenditure.

(i) Any individual, group, or entity committing such expenditure, if found in a court of law to have made that expenditure without authorization and permission from the candidate to which the Campaign Fund was assigned; or committing an expenditure in support of or opposition to a candidate using funds or resources not originating in a Campaign Fund, shall be guilty of a felony and said individual or the officer(s) of said group or entity shall be confined to prison for a term of not less than one year.

(f) Within seven days of termination of an individual's candidacy for any reason, all unspent funds in the candidate's Campaign Fund shall be relinquished to the oversight agency for return to the Treasury. Any remaining assets purchased using the Campaign Fund of value in excess of the lesser of 0.05% of the Campaign Fund or $100 shall be relinquished to the oversight agency within 30 days of termination of candidacy. Any such assets collected shall be liquidated by the oversight agency and the resulting funds returned to the Treasury.


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