Brazil's Supreme Court Just Did Something Our Own Country Still Hasn't

An example we should follow.

Brazil's Supreme Court just took a major step for democracy, one that may force other countries to review their own policies.

In an 8 to 3 vote, the court ruled to ban corporate contributions to political campaigns and parties. The issue arose after "investigators in the nation's biggest corruption scandal say such financing was used by businesses to win lucrative contracts with state-run oil company Petrobras," according to The Associated Press

"We have come to an absolutely chaotic situation in which economic power dominates political power in an illegal way," Justice Luiz Fux said in his decision


But Brazil isn't the only one with a money in politics issue.

In the United States, big money in politics has come to the forefront of national conversation with presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump making claims like, "I give to everybody. When they call I give. And you know what, when I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me."

This year, two prominent U.S. presidential candidates have raised large amounts of money: Jeb Bush has raised $114.60 million and Hilary Clinton has raised $64.36 million.

That hasn't sat well with American voters, who know almost all of that money is coming from big corporations and special interest groups. In fact, 42 percent of Americans now say that big money in politics should be a top priority for Congress and President Obama.

So is anyone doing anything about it?

As it turns out, there is actually a Democratic presidential candidate running solely on the premise to get big money out of politics.

HIs name is Lawrence Lessig, and he's representing the 75 percent of Americans who believe money buys results in congress. The Harvard professor has a plan — he wants to run as a referendum president with only goal in mind: 

To pass the Citizens Equality Act of 2017.

That act is designed to do three things: restore the freedom to vote for all people, end partisan gerrymandering, and fund campaigns in a way that would give us a Congress free to lead, absent of special interest groups telling them what to do.

"Each part is drawn from existing proposals for fundamental reform," his website says. "We are not reinventing the wheel."

Once he does that, he says he will resign his presidency to the vice president.

You can check out Lessig's blog post on why he wants to run here.

Here is Lessig's TedTalk discussing political corruption in America:


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