A petition on the White House’s social engagement site We the People is asking for congressmen and senators to wear their sponsors’ logos or names a la NASCAR.
Posted on the site on March 19, the petition has already gotten over 22,000 signatures. However, it still needs over 77,000 signatures from now up to April 18 for the White House to act on it.
Filed under the Government Reform category, its creator says that if the country’s politicians are forced to “prominently display” their sponsors’ logos or names on their clothing, people will get a better sense of who the candidate they are voting for is actually representing.
If the petition starter would have his way, politicians will wear their sponsors’ branding at all public appearances and campaign events.
Furthermore, the petition creator says that “Once elected, the candidate would be required to continue to wear those ‘sponsor’s’ names during all official duties and visits to constituents.”
Taking a leaf out of the NASCAR playbook, the petition also states that sponsor brands will have to be sized based on how much they donated to the politician’s campaign.
“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,” the petition says.
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