A We The People petition has been created demanding that U.S. Congressmen and Senators be required to wear logos that represent their financial backers on their clothing in much the same way as NASCAR drivers do.
The petition was created by J.S. of Saint Louis on March 19th and so far, it has amassed just over 22,000 signatures. It needs a further 78,000 by April 18th if it is to garner an official response from the Obama administration.
J.S writes; “Since most politicians’ campaigns are largely funded by wealthy companies and individuals, it would give voters a better sense of who the candidate they are voting for is actually representing if the company’s logo, or individual’s name, was prominently displayed upon the candidate’s clothing at all public appearances and campaign events.”
The petition states that once these politicians are elected, they must continue to wear their “sponsors” logos on their clothing when they are partaking in official duties or visiting their constituents. It also recommends that the size of the logo or sponsor name upon the clothing should correlate with the size of the donation given. Giving an example, J.S. suggests that a $1 million contribution would be represented by a patch that measured 4” by 8” and should be displayed prominently on the politician’s chest.
A free meal from a lobbyist could be represented by a quarter-sized button and individual donations under $1000 would be exempt.
The petition has already gathered a lot of media attention, with many people supporting the transparency that it calls for, however others, whilst agreeing that it is a great idea are not optimistic that it will succeed despite the fact that it might well reach the 100k signature threshold it needs to exact a response from the White House.