A movement lead by the non profit Represent.us is fighting to pass anti-corruption acts in US cities across the country. Currently 24 cities have passed these acts.
According to the The American Anti-Corruption Act Website:
“The American Anti-Corruption Act is model policy that sets a framework for city, state and federal laws to fix our broken political system. It fundamentally reshapes the rules of American politics and restores the people as the most important stakeholders in our political system. An Anti-Corruption Act has three primary goals:
- Stop political bribery so special interests can’t use job offers and donations to influence politicians.
- End secret money so people know who’s buying political power.
- Fix our broken elections so the people, not the political establishment, are the ones in control.”
South Dakota Anti-Corruption Act Fight
South Dakota passed the first state wide anti-corruption law in a ballot initiative during the last election. But Republican law makers, backed by Koch Brothers lobbying organization, Americans Prosperity advocacy, refuse to accept the referendum and have declared a false state of emergency to repeal the measure.
The Republican state legislators are implementing emergency rules, which would overturn the measure immediately and block a possible referendum that would allow voters to overturn the legislature’s actions. Normally in South Dakota, if the legislature repeals a citizen-backed initiative, the voters can propose a referendum to reverse the repeal. But if it’s eliminated under a so-called state of emergency, citizens can’t reverse that repeal. To adopt those emergency rules, the legislature needs a two-thirds majority, which Republicans provided. Lawmakers are also debating a bill that would double the required signatures to get an initiative on the ballot in South Dakota.