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The Pledge for Honest CandidatesPosted Sunday, August 12, 2012, at 7:38 AM
The Pledge was easy for me to sign because my campaign does not accept donations. However, by reading the text of the Pledge it is apparent why I am the only candidate in this race that can possibly sign it...
"Agreement for honest candidates
I, the undersigned hereby pledge:
That neither I nor my associates will accept anything of value over $2,500 in any calendar year from any one person or entity to be used in an effort to secure the office which I seek, unless that entity also promotes or advertises for my competitors to an equal and equitable degree.
That all of my campaign efforts and funding are a matter of public record.
That neither I nor any of my associates will participate in anything that can be construed as a conflict of interest or insider trading while in federal office or during my lifetime.
That while in office and for five years after leaving office, neither I nor any of my associates will accept anything of value over $100 in any calendar year from any person or entity that can be construed a conflict of interest or may have compromised the integrity of my decisions.
That from this day forward, I will vote to give the responsibility to determine the boundaries of states' districts in the U.S. House of Representatives to an impartial group of citizens not running for office wherever a state requires redistricting to apportion the population accordingly.
That if it can be shown that I have violated any of the provisions of this pledge, I will have 30 consecutive calendar days in which to remedy the violation, or I will immediately be removed from office or face civil or criminal charges.
That within the first six months of my taking the oath of office, I will vote to pass legislation that contains the force and effect of the provisions in this pledge, and if re-elected, I will do the same again until such legislation becomes law."
Yeah, it's gimmicky, but no more so than bragging about an NRA endorsement or the two "Contracts With America". I think that it would be spectacular if some candidates from the duopoly parties signed the Pledge for Honest Candidates.
Here is the link to the Writeindependent.org website...
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I was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 1972, and grew up in the Chaffee area where I still reside with my lovely wife and three beautiful and talented daughters. I have been employed in the paper industry for the past 14 years and am a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. In my spare time I support my local parochial school, listen to and perform music, and read. This is my second run for U.S. Congress as the Libertarian Party candidate. In 2010 I was endorsed by the Boston Tea Party and received an "A" rating from the Gun Owners of America. Since my last campaign I supported the opposition to the smoking ban in Cape Girardeau, gathered signatures for the Show-Me Cannabis initiative, was elected to the Missouri State Libertarian Party Executive Committee, and recently won the Champion of Freedom Award. I hope that my candidacy helps to advance the cause of individual liberty. I welcome your questions and comments. Thank you for reading!
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