Petition: force Congress to display logos of their corporate backers on their clothes

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67 Responses to “Petition: force Congress to display logos of their corporate backers on their clothes”

  1. jayson says:

    I’d like to see a way to superimpose the logos directly on their suits when they show up on C-SPAN.

    If they can put the first-down line on a football field on TV, surely someone can do this.

  2. liquidstar says:

    Screw that! Let’s force them to get them tattooed on their foreheads!

  3. sjudd says:

    Sounds like a good project for the Sunlight Foundation

  4. Stefan Jones says:

    Absolutely not! This would violate the Congressperson’s right of privacy, and deny the sponsors of their First Amendment right to free expression!

    Why do these petitioners hate freedom so much?

  5. ldobe says:

    Chiquita Bananas Inc. Presents: Bob Dole XP

    • thecleaninglady says:

      Please don’t buy Chiquita. They are the banana equivalent of blood diamonds.

      • ldobe says:

        Oh, I’m well aware of that.

        I learned about it doing my high school social studies final. It was student choice of topic, so I wrote a 12 page paper on the US’s involvment in South American dictatorships and banana republics. I was looking for a challenge. We didn’t even cover south america my senior year. We mostly did modern global trade (focused on China and OPEC), economics and currency.

        I’ll never be able to just look at a banana again without a feeling of national guilt.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        But when they’re flecked with brown and have a golden hue, they taste the best and are the best for you.

  6. quickdraw says:

    I say 2 weeks max until someone’s built such a plugin.

  7. Matt Drew says:

    The only issue with this idea is that you’d have a devil of time telling them apart. :)

  8. To the people who know how to write browser plug-ins:  Please-please-please make one for us!

  9. Boundegar says:

    Here’s a less intrusive idea.  Even a dog needs to wear a collar with the name of their owner – why not our Representatives as well?

  10. jayson says:

    What’s a good source for data on contributions to politicians? It would be pretty easy to make this app if the data were accessible.

  11. m_a_s says:

    I wouldn’t exclude the President.

  12. Rev.Veggie.Spam says:

    This would be better served as an augmented reality-app or browser plugin. 

    I suspect that if done as proposed otherwise, some legal department will find a way to make sure that the same politicians suddenly got a lot of “individual” $999.99 donations so reporting wouldn’t be necessary.

  13. shutz says:

    There should be a law where a politician can accept as much funding as is being given to him or her, so long as the politician can remain impartial by being forced to find as much funding for any opposite viewpoint(s).

    Basically, it would go like this: say you’re accepting $100,000 in funding from a pro-life organization, then you must secure an equal amount from a pro-choice organization.  If you can only find $25,000 from the pro-choice camp, then you can only accept $25,000 from the pro-life camp.

    If it’s about businesses fighting for government contracts, then all the competitors silently bid what they’re willing to give to the politician, and the politician receives the smallest amount that was bid, but from all the competitors.  For example, let’s say there’s 3 banks lobbying a politician, banks A, B, and C.  A bids $1 million.  B bids $5 million.  C is a small credit union, and only bids $50,000.  The politician can only accept $50,000 from each bank, for a total of $150,000.

    I know there are many flaws with this, but maybe we can make it work?

    • Gilbert Wham says:

       The major flaw is that you’re basically encouraging the fuckers to go around collecting twice as much money and not providing ANYONE with a resolution…

    • If more than one party was equally funding a politician then they’d be unbiased. So what would they be paying him for?

      • Marc Mielke says:

        They’d be paying him to remain neutral.
        Reminds me of the old Illuminati card game (non-collectable vers.) where one player would spend money to succeed in doing something, and everyone else could spend money to make him fail. 

        Great scam for the parties involved. 

  14. Gilbert Wham says:

    What a splendid notion. Can we? Canwecanwecanwecanwecanwe can we? Pleeeeeeaaaaase!

  15. t3kna2007 says:

    We have the technology.  Ladies, gentlemen, start your PhotoShops!

  16. Mike Judge was way ahead of this in his movie Idiocracy…

    “I’m the Secretary of State.  Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.”  

  17. Beth Cravens says:

    I’ve been joking about this for years. One of you smart kids needs to get on it

  18. Well since the people you’re proposing display these also make the laws determining if they will be displayed…

  19. peregrinus says:

    This is more than phenomenal!  Once a year on ‘corporation sponsorship day’ they’d have to get dressed in as much of the related regalia for photos as possible – Ronald McDonald’s shoes, toothpaste tube sleeves, Colt joke guns … 

  20. The first comment was over 2 hours ago. I’m assuming that someone’s built the augmented reality app by now? Link?

  21. joe k. says:

    I was never good at history or civics, but Congress includes both the House and the Senate (Representatives and Senators). Therefore, Senators ARE in fact Congressmen. 

    I’m embarrassed to sign the petition lest Obama thinks I’m as stupid as the petition’s author.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Oh, come now.  As “Senator” is the title for a member of that august (ahem) body, so has “Congressman” or “Congresswoman” long been a title for the jokers in that particular gang.  Sure, “Representative So-and-so” might be more formally accurate, but if we wanted pure accuracy, we’d just call Boehner “Stooge #6″ and number upward from there.

  22. rumpeltiskin says:

    ¿Something like this?
    http://www.meneame.net/c/12544961

    This is spanish president Rajoy, and the sponsors were discovered as hidden bribers , in the secret papers of the accountant and treasurer of the political party.

  23. Fantome_NR says:

    I signed it.

  24. Like those stock performance sparklines you get when you hover your mouse over a company name.

  25. Andrew Tubbiolo says:

    Great idea, but don’t forget the office of the president and the cabinet officers too. Let them show how proud they are for who they associate with.

  26. rezmuff says:

    “Semi-opaque”? Seriously?

  27. Allen Hall says:

    Definitely a browser plugin!  It should simply add corporate logos at the end of a rep’s names in line with text.  Mose-over the logos to get a short run-down of total cash per corporation donated for that year.

  28. Andy Panda says:

    While I do love this, I think Jello Biafra had a solution that would go hand and hand with this.

    Jello wanted all businessmen to wear clown suits during working hours.

  29. ArghMonkey says:

    I would love to see someone come up with a program that has the face of lobbyists programmed into it.

    So when someone held up their android or ios phone the program would recognize the persons face and then put a list of all the corporations that person lobbys for.

  30. Al Corrupt says:

    It made me think of this old gem – http://www.theyrule.net/
    Such an powerful and elegant info app. 
    Sadly, ‘they’ still rule. 

  31. endrest says:

    “…while a free meal from a lobbyist would be represented by a quarter-sized button”

    Now that’s a lot of flair!

  32. Scott Ashkenaz says:

    Here is the costume I created for St. Stupid’s Day a few years ago: 
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/smashz/4484698557/in/set-72157623632782297

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