Members of Congress to Wear Corporate Logos of Key Contributors in all Public Appearances
Washington (AP) -- The Federal Election commission has unanimously approved new rules requiring members of Congress to display corporate logos on all clothing worn in public appearances.
This move was seen in response to the recent Supreme Court decision reversing campaign reform laws and allowing unlimited use of corporate and union funds in campaigns.
FEC Chairman Matthew S. Petersen said these regulations were driven by the need to fully disclose who is making contributions to members of Congress campaigns. "We just took a page out of the NASCAR rulebook. What is more American than NASCAR?"
Speaking in front of a poster of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
(Photo credit: AP photo/Glenn Smith
Petersen said that while members of Congress won't have to wear jumpsuits, tastefully appearing logos will dot their attire.
In addition, C-SPAN President and CEO Brian Lamb indicated that in addition to displaying the members state and party affiliations in all C-SPAN broadcasts, they will now display the the corporate logo of the member's largest corporate or union contributor.
Lamb explained, "So know while Senators are debating on the floor about Finance Reform, you'll see the logos of Citibank, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, as members debate the need to regulate the financial services industry. This will provide more transparency to our viewers and we're excited to do it."
At first, many politicians were wary about this, but some reflected the changing of time. NASCAR is an all-American endeavor. "We feel there's a certain level of patriotism, like wearing an American Flag lapel," said a Senator from Connecticut who asked not to be named, but who is not retiring at the end of the term.
A Republican leader in the house commented, "Now all those left leaning Democrats will have to wear the Union label for all to see."
This regulation begins on April 31, 2010.