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Should California Lawmakers Be Forced To Wear Donors' Logos?

Charlie Neibergall / AP

Businessman John Cox in 2007.

Charlie Neibergall / AP

NASCAR drivers and golfers wear their sponsors’ logos while they work. California voters could be asked this fall whether to make their state lawmakers and elected officials do the same.

San Diego businessman John Cox insists this is no joke.

”We have a (campaign finance) system that’s corrupt, broken and stupid.”

Cox, the initiative’s proponent and financial backer, is dead serious about requiring California lawmakers and other state elected officials to wear the logos of their top 10 campaign contributors while they testify or vote on legislation. He plans to travel the state with cardboard cutouts of state lawmakers with logos plastered all over them.

“It basically holds the system up to ridicule,” he says. ”Because it basically highlights what everybody already knows: that every one of these legislators is a professional fundraiser, and they should be adorned with the logos of their sponsors – just like NASCAR and golfers.”

Cox has proposed other ballot measures in the past – none of which went anywhere. But this time, he says, his campaign has already collected tens of thousands of signatures in hopes of qualifying the measure for the November ballot.