ON YOUR DIME.org
The Theory - lip service or good intentions?
"It is the policy of this state that a public body shall maintain strict neutrality in each election and that a public body or a person acting on behalf of a public body shall not attempt to influence the outcome of an election held in the state. If there is a perceived ambiguity in the interpretation of section 57, that section shall be construed to best effectuate the policy of strict neutrality by a public body in an election." See MCL 169.257 Public Bodies Act. "Contribution" defined
The Practice - electioneering on your dime! The Public Bodies Act is riddled with exceptions, and generally relies on bureaucratic enforcement rather than private rights of court action, so the law really doesn't work and doesn't get enforced.
How can you help stamp out these abusive practices?
Report any suspected misuse of Public Money (or other public resources) to the OnYourDime.org staff and let us look into it. We can analyse the facts you present and help put the spotlight on the bad guys. We could even you file a complaint against the offending government officials. This abuse won't stop until it is rooted out by public citizens taking consistant action to report corruption.
"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
- Thomas Jefferson
Big Money Politics is one thing - but when your state and local government officials use your hard-earned taxpayer dollars for campaign ads to influence the vote on ballot questions, candidate, and millage elections, that's a crime.
Dropping a dime on the corrupt use of public resources by persons acting on behalf of state and local government bodies for electioneering activities to dominate election campaigns.
Dropping a dime on the corrupt use of public resources by persons acting on behalf of government bodies, big and small, for electioneering activities to dominate election campaigns.
Furthering the debate on soft-corruption...
Many government money laundering schemes are technically legal, since the laws concerning these corrupt practices are written and enforced by the perpetrators.
Electioneering with Tax Dollars - beyond the bully pulpit and the franking privilege, incumbants influence politics on your dime.
Lobbying with Tax Dollars - dues to municipal leagues and township associations empower government paid lobbyinst.
Pay-to-Play Government Contracting - hiding bribery behind the cloak of free speech, campaign donors buy contract favors.
Special Relationships - nepotism and cronyism prevent government from making rational merit-based hiring decisions.
Bonds and Millages - taxpayers dollars are diverted from their intended purpose to campaigns for for tax hikes.
Notice: Government agents can no longer abuse the Express Advocacy/Dissemination of factual information loophole in Michigan!
Except for an election official in the performance of his or her duties under the Michigan election law, 1954 PA 116, MCL 168.1 to 168.992, a public body, or a person acting for a public body, shall not, during the period 60 days before an election in which a local ballot question appears on a ballot, use public funds or resources for a communication by means of radio, television, mass mailing, or prerecorded telephone message if that communication references a local ballot question and is targeted to the relevant electorate where the local ballot question appears on the ballot.