The North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State as a proposed 2018 ballot measure to amend the state consitution backed by North Dakotans for Public Integrity.
“This is about common-sense accountability,” said Dina Butcher, Republican co-chair of North Dakotans for Public Integrity.
Key provisions of the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment include:
• Prohibits campaign contributions and election spending by foreign countries, foreign corporations and foreign nationals.
• Protects the ban on personal use of campaign contributions for personal expenses by enshrining it in the constitution.
• Requires that all significant amounts of money raised or spent to influence elections be fully disclosed and placed online for the public to see.
• Restricts lobbyist gifts to public officials.
• Bans elected public officials from also serving as lobbyists, and makes it illegal for public officials to take jobs as lobbyists for two years after leaving office.
• Strengthens conflict-of-interest rules for members of state agencies.
• Creates a nonpartisan ethics commission to receive and investigate ethics complaints, set ethics rules and provide ethics training programs.
“We’ve worked with North Dakotans from across the political spectrum on this amendment to hold public officials accountable and reduce corruption in government,” said Ellen Chaffee, Democrat co-chair of North Dakotans for Public Integrity. “The political system is broken, so this amendment is needed to ensure that government and politicians put the people of North Dakota first.”
Once the proposed amendment petition is approved for circulation by the Secretary of State, sponsors will need to gather 26,904 valid signatures from North Dakotans by July 9 to qualify for the November ballot.