Anti-corruption reform advisory question to appear on ballot

By Elizabeth Lindquist

Local volunteers with the non-partisan corruption-fighting group Represent.Us Rockford requested that the Winnebago County Board place the following non-binding advisory question on the April 7 ballot for all Winnebago County voters:

Do you support reducing the corrupting influence of money on our political system by prohibiting politicians from taking campaign money from the special interests they regulate; increasing transparency for campaign funding; empowering all voters through a tax rebate voucher to contribute to the candidates they support; prohibiting representatives and senior staff from lobbying activity for five years after they leave office; and placing limits on superPAC-campaign coordination?”

The resolution placing this question on the ballot passed 15-3 at the Dec. 23 Winnebago County Board meeting. A similar resolution passed the DeKalb County Board Dec. 17.

The question is a highly abbreviated version of the reform plan known as the American Anti-Corruption Act. Members of the local Represent.Us group seek to raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money on the political system and what can be done to stop it.

More about the Anti-Corruption Act can be found at

More about the local group can be found at

More about the national group can be found at www.Represent.Us.

Click here to view a copy of the Winnebago County resolution.

Click here to view a copy of the DeKalb County resolution.

Posted Dec. 26, 2014

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