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Should there be a law… v2.0

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, March 11, 2021

More questions!

In our last installment – “Should there be a law… ” – we asked 14 questions.

This time, we’re asking a few more.

Actually, 3.4285 times more.

And, that’d be 48.

We’re asking 48 questions this time.

So… what do you think?

Should there be a law (or laws) that addresses these matters?


1.) Should cash transactions involving United States real estate be subject to anti-money laundering laws?

2.) Should Congress examine the money laundering and terrorist financing risks in the real estate market, including the role of anonymous parties, and review legislation to address any vulnerabilities?

3.) Should Congress examine the methods by which corruption flourishes and the means to detect and deter the financial misconduct that fuels that driver of global instability?

4.) Should Congress monitor government efforts to enforce United States anti-corruption laws and regulations?

5.) Should United States elections be free of interference from foreign governments, including any contribution, donation, expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication by a corporation, limited liability corporation, or partnership, and should they file with the Federal Election Commission, under penalty of perjury, a statement that a foreign national did not direct, dictate, control, or directly or indirectly participate in the decision making process relating to such activity?

6.) Should foreign nationals be forbidden from participating in any way in the decisionmaking processes of Corporate PACs and Super PACs?

7.) Shall the Federal Election Commission conduct an audit after each Federal election cycle to determine the incidence of illicit foreign money in such Federal election cycle?

8.) In order to prevent money laundering, and improper spending, should corporations, labor organizations, and certain other entities be required to report campaign-related disbursements aggregating more than $10,000 in an election reporting cycle, and not later than 24 hours after each disclosure date file a report of the same with the Federal Election Commission?

9.) Should that report identify each such legal entity and each such beneficial owner who will use that other entity to exercise control over the entity, and the name and address of each person who made such payment?

10.) Should commercial transactions in the ordinary course of any trade or business conducted by the covered organization be exempted from such reports?

11.) Should the integrity of American democracy and national security be enhanced by improving disclosure requirements for online political advertisements in order to uphold the Supreme Court’s well-established standard that the electorate bears the right to be fully informed?

12.) Should regulations on political advertisements provide sufficient transparency to uphold the public’s right to be fully informed about political advertisements made online?

13.) Should transparency of funding for political advertisements be essential to enforce other campaign finance laws, including the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals?

14.) Should digital or online political advertising clearly state who paid for it?

15.) In order to prevent fraud, deceit, and money-laundering, should platforms that sell political advertising be required to maintain records of transactions?

16.) When political advertising is paid for with a credit card by a citizen of the United States who is living outside the country, should they be required to be identified as a United States citizen to the seller by providing the United States address they use for voter registration purposes?

17.) Should broadcast stations, providers of cable and satellite television, and online platforms be required to make reasonable efforts to ensure that political communications made available by such station, provider, or platform are not purchased by a foreign national, directly or indirectly?

18.) Should pre-recorded telephone and video calls made for political purposes announce the political nature of the call at the beginning of the call?

19.) Should shareholders of corporations have the right to know that their money is being spent for political campaigns, and the details of them?

20.) Should Presidential Inaugural Committees be prohibited from soliciting and accepting money from corporations and foreign interests, i.e. should the obtain money or funds from United States citizens only?

21.) Should Inaugural Committees shall file with a report with the Federal Election Commission disclosing any donation by an individual to the committee in an amount of $1,000 or more not later than 24 hours after the receipt of such donation?

22.) In order to protect the integrity of democracy and the electoral process, and to ensure political equality for all, should the Constitution be amended so that Congress and the States may regulate and set limits on the raising and spending of money to influence elections and may distinguish between natural persons and artificial entities, like corporations, that are created by law, including by prohibiting such artificial entities from spending money to influence elections?

23.) Should Americans who are otherwise qualified to serve this Nation as elected officials be able to run for office, regardless of their economic status – or, should only the wealthy and well-connected be eligible?

24.) Should Super PACs be forbidden from coordinating with Candidates – that is, should any payment made by any person (other than a candidate, an authorized committee of a candidate, or a political committee of a political party) for a coordinated expenditure which is not otherwise treated as a contribution, be treated as a campaign contribution?

25.) Should the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 have teeth in it to financially penalize agents of foreign principals who are engaged in political activities or other activities specified under the statute to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities, and who fail to report?

26.) Should individuals who are required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 be required to detail the financial value of things they give to a Federal or State officeholder – including favorable regulatory treatment?

27.) Should any individual, with authority to direct or substantially influence a lobbying contact or contacts made by another individual, and for financial or other compensation who provides counseling services in support of preparation and planning activities which are treated as lobbying activities if they do so at least 10% of their time, be required to register as a lobbyist?

28.) Should United States citizens who are registered lobbyists be prohibited from receiving compensation for lobbying activities on behalf of foreign countries violating human rights?

29.) Should lobbyists be required to state that they are lobbyists to the legislative branch officials to whom they lobby?

30.) In order to slow the “revolving door” and conflicts of interest from government service to high-level private and lobbying positions, should Executive Branch employees be subject to increased scrutiny and requirements such as a 2-year waiting period before they seek such positions?

31.) If so, should those who willfully violate those provisions be penalized by imprisonment and/or fines if found guilty?

32.) Should an employee of the Federal Government participate personally and substantially in any award of a contract to, or the administration of a contract awarded to, a contractor that is a former employer of the employee during a 2-year period beginning on the date on which the employee leaves the employment of the contractor?

33.) Should a federal agency enter into a contract with a business owned or controlled by a federal employee or any family member of such an individual?

34.) Should the President and Vice President divest themselves of all financial interests, by placing in a blind trust, that are a conflict of interest within 30 days after taking office?

35.) Should the President and Vice President list the value of each liability and asset with any corporation, company, firm, partnership, or other business that they or their family holds?

36.) Should White House employees who receive waivers or authorizations in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 or other applicable law, be required to report them to the Office of Government Ethics, and should those be public records?

37.) Should all designated agency ethics officials and alternate designated agency ethics officials register with the Director as well as with the appointing authority of the official, and should the Director provide ethics education and training to all designated and alternate designated agency ethics officials in a time and manner deemed appropriate by the Director?

38.) Should the head of each Federal agency be required to submit a report to the Committee on Oversight and Reform of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate detailing travel on Government aircraft by any senior Federal official employed at the applicable agency?

39.) Should the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of the Air Force, every 90 days (quarterly) submit to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives a report detailing the direct and indirect costs to the Department of Defense in support of presidential travel, and should each such report include costs incurred for travel to a property owned or operated by the individual serving as President or an immediate family member of such individual?

40.) Should the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 be amended to require reporting not later than 10 days after submitting an application for a security clearance for any individual, and not later than 10 days after any such individual is granted a security clearance (including an interim clearance), each eligible candidate or the President-elect (as the case may be) a report containing the name of such individual to the Committee on Oversight and Reform of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate?

41.) Should Senior Executive Branch Employees pledge, and abide by an Ethics oath which includes not receiving gifts from lobbyists during their term of service, two-year waiting period to participate in any particular matter involving specific party or parties that is directly and substantially related to former employer or former clients, including regulations and contracts?

42.) Regarding Travel on Private Aircraft by Senior Political Appointees, should funds be appropriated or otherwise made available in any fiscal year to be used to pay the travel expenses of any senior political appointee for travel on official business on a non-commercial, private, or chartered flight?

43.) Regarding behavior by individual Members of Congress, should individual Members of Congress be required to reimburse the Treasury for amounts paid as settlements and awards under Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 in all cases of employment discrimination acts by those Members?

44.) Regarding conflicts of interest, should Members of the House of Representatives be prohibited from serving on boards of for-profit entities?

45.) Concerning prospective legislation, should any Member, officer, or employee of a committee or Member of either House of Congress knowingly use his or her official position to introduce or aid the progress or passage of legislation that would benefit them, their family or any enterprise controlled by them?

46.) Should congressionally mandated reports – meaning a report that is required to be submitted to either House of Congress or any committee of Congress, or subcommittee thereof, by a statute, resolution, or conference report that accompanies legislation enacted into law – be made openly and freely available to the public on a Congressional website?

47.) Shall supervisors of paid Congressional employees file reports of outside compensation earned by those Congressional employees with the Ethics Committee of either the House, or Senate, as appropriate?

48.) Should candidates for President and Vice President be required to submit to the Federal Election Commission a copy of the individual’s income tax returns for the 10 most recent taxable years, and should the Federal Election Commission make those documents public record?

 

 

 

One Response to “Should there be a law… v2.0”

  1. […] The context of the hearing was about H.R. 1/S. 1 popularly known as the “For The People Act” which would accomplish many things, among them, protecting the right of all citizens to vote, and establish uniformity of rules for the same in Federal elections, prohibit so-called “dark money,” require Federal judges to adhere to a code of conduct, require Presidential candidates to publicly divulge at least 10 years of income tax returns, overturn the disastrous Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court, require that non-politicians draw redistricting lines, and many, many more good things, about which I have written twice. […]

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