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Petition to Force Congress to Wear NASCAR-Style Suits with Corporate Logos Gains Steam

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Ever since the White House changed the rules on their We The People petition site, forcing petitions to reach the 100,000-signature threshold before warranting an official response, “successful” petitions have been a lot more scarce. Only a handful of petitions have crossed the barrier, the most recent being two important tech petitions – this one asking the White House to legalize cellphone unlocking and this one attacking CISPA.

Today another one nears that 100,000-signature mark, and it’s a little bit funnier than the aforementioned petitions – but no less important, really.

With nearly 80,000 signatures and over three weeks to grab the remaining 20,000 over 20,000 signatures and three weeks to grab the remaining 75,000+, it looks like the petition titled “Require Congressmen & Senators to wear logos of their financial backers on their clothing, much like NASCAR drivers do” may receive an official response from the Obama administration.

Here’s what the petition’s creator, J.S. of St. Louis, Missouri, has to say:

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. Once elected, the candidate would be required to continue to wear those “sponsor’s” names during all official duties and visits to constituents. The size of a logo or name would vary with the size of a donation. For example, a $1 million dollar contribution would warrant a patch of about 4″ by 8″ on the chest, while a free meal from a lobbyist would be represented by a quarter-sized button. Individual donations under $1000 are exempt.

Sure, we’ve been hearing this joke for years – the ol’ sponsorship suit for Senators. But who out there (other than the Congresspeople and their contributors) would say that this isn’t a great idea.

Completely unrealistic or not, I hope the petition succeeds just so I can see an official response.

[BoingBoing, photo via mtsofan, Flickr]

Petition to Force Congress to Wear NASCAR-Style Suits with Corporate Logos Gains Steam


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  • http://markbarrera.com Mark Barrera

    Your numbers are backwards, it doesn’t have 80,000, it still needs almost 80,000.

  • Joseph Porter

    While I think the patch-wearing idea is a bit much, it might be nice for this information to be actively provided to the legislator’s constituents – perhaps mailing a list to those constituents with the names of all contributors (no exceptions) and the amount donated. Full disclosure ought to be the standard.

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