Amendment XXVIII, (proposed), Section 5:

 
"An officer will be expelled or impeached

 for accepting or soliciting

 any private money, present, benefit or promise, […]”

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). 


Amendment XXVIII, (proposed), Section 5:

“The United States will fund the direction of exercise of its offices.”

Amendment XXVIII, (proposed), Section 5:

“A 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.  


Money! Presents! Benefits! Promises!