"A United States officer will be impeached
for accepting or soliciting
any private money, present, benefit or promise.
An officer or candidate who knowingly benefits
from political fraud, coercion or bribery
not excluding by speech or debate on the floor,
will forfeit the office."
The Solicitation clause is a bright-line rule.
No quid pro quo (exchange) is required to violate it, distinguishing solicitation from bribery.
Acceptance or solicitation is enough.
Influence on the direction of any decision need not be proven.
This clause and the Direction clause are clearly separate
and can be used together or separately (see Restricting Lobbying).
This will prevent gradual erosion of their meanings.
This clause refers to private money, presents, benefits or promises
asked for or accepted by a United States officer,
not money intended and appropriate for private transactions like selling a home.
These have the potential to direct an officer’s general responsiveness or specific decisions.
Candidates are not yet officers,
and the higher standard of actual bribery is required to legally sanction people
whose decisions are not yet governmental
(running for office is self-governance conduct by a member of the public).
“The United States will fund the direction of exercise of its offices.”
“An officer or candidate who knowingly benefits from […] bribery will forfeit the office."
Statutes have limited power to address lobbying or other forms of corruption
unless the Constitution lays groundwork (see Statute vs Constitutional Amendment).
This amendment is the only proposed solution as of 2016 that removes money from politics completely
and does so in the Constitution, where it must be done.