What is the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment?

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Article XIV in the state Constitution, formerly known as Measure 1 or the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment, increases transparency, reforms lobbying and conflicts of interest rules, and creates an ethics commission.

Article XIV:

  • Bans foreign money from elections: Prohibits campaign contributions and election spending by foreign corporations, foreign countries, and foreign nationals.
  • Prevents personal use of campaign money: Protects the ban on personal use of campaign contributions for personal expenses by enshrining it in the constitution.
  • Increases transparency: Requires that all significant amounts of money raised or spent to influence state elections be fully disclosed and placed online for the public to see.
  • Bans lobbyist gifts: Restricts gifts from lobbyists to public officials.
  • Closes the revolving door: 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.
  • Roots out conflicts of interest: Strengthens conflict-of-interest rules for members of state agencies.
  • Holds public officials accountable: Creates a nonpartisan ethics commission to receive and investigate ethics complaints, set ethics rules, and provide ethics training programs.

Click here for the North Dakota Constitution.

Click here for the full text of Article XIV.