Oct 31 2011

An idea to make U.S. Congress members dress like Nascar drivers

Posted by: Nick Shaxson in: Thoughts

This is on the subject of political campaign contributions. As Thomas Friedman put it in the New York Times recently, in the context of financial firms:

an idea from the blogosphere: U.S. congressmen should have to dress like Nascar drivers and wear the logos of all the banks, investment banks, insurance companies and real estate firms that they’re taking money from. The public needs to know.

Yeah. And not just in the U.S. either.

3 comments so far

Alien Edouard 11st November, 2011 8.52 am

Great idea.

While at it, why don’t we do the same with any private and (especially) public sector unions or any other for of organized labor! Will there be enough space on a UK Labour politician’s suit to list them all?

Nick Shaxson 11st November, 2011 5.09 pm

I guess so. Plaster it all on their Nascar jackets, with logo sizes depending on the size of contributions.

Michael Kluznik 11st November, 2011 3.58 pm

Common Cause, the good government organization, began its existence in 1970 or 71 with two goals in mind: 1. end the Vietnam War 2. institute campaign finance reform. The Vietnam War ended in 1975. We still don’t have campaign finance reform.

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