CA is 'Not For Sale' initiative aims to alter politicians' dress code; Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders' support sought
Jan 05, 2016 12:48 AM EST
Transparency is what California is Not for Sale's ballot initiative is aiming to achieve as they are heading to receive title and summary this month. The initiative wants to change the dress code of politicians by requiring them to wear the logos of their corporate donors.
As reported by GOOD magazine, a potential ballot measure was submitted to the Office of the Attorney General in October, which would require politicians to wear the logos of their top 10 donors. Once approved, the California Fair Politics Practices Commission would decide which logos the legislators will be attached on the legislators' suit.
Although it may seem atypical, the ballot's sponsor, entrepreneur John Cox, asserted that their initiative is serious in order to address the issues of corruption in the electoral system. "This is a very serious initiative", Cox said. "This is not a joke. If you came down from Mars and you looked at our electoral system, you'd say to yourself, 'How dumb is this?' You've got a system under which people who want something from government fund the campaigns of the people who make the decisions. How stupid is that system?"
Also, according to Zero Hedge, the new initiative will also require politicians to disclose their top ten donors in their advertisements. After the initiative receive its title and summary, a total of 365,000 signatures from the people of California must be collected for it to be included in the 2016 ballot.
The new dress code initiative is not the group's first attempt to expose corruption in the political system. They also previously protested outside the state capitol building and set up life-size cutouts of politicians with logos of their corporate donors on their suits.
Moreover, the group also recently sought for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, and Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. According to US News, Cox is seeking for the endorsement of both candidates who have both denounced their rivals as corporate slaves.
Cox further said that he is confident that the group will complete the 365,000 signatures as they were also able to set aside $1 million for paid canvassers. The collection of signatures is set to begin as soon as the title and summary arrives.