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Actually, Presidents not coming from Congress is really common: Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson, Taylor, Grant, Arthur, Cleveland, T. Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Coolidge, Hoover, F. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and G. W. Bush. Which is 18. That is just 4 short of half.
Those are some good ideas. Here are my thoughts
1. I don't think many people really even pay attention until the year of the election.
2. I don't agree with this. Especially with the primaries. So many people run that there could be up to 10 people from each party leaving their seat open with no time to hold a special election to fill it.
3. Full disclosure is very important, but in the information age there are multiple websites which already provide this info. Maybe require a link to one of these sites but should have to require them to put all the docs on their site.
4. People donating to politicians to protect their own interests is a mainstay. Massive campaign finance reform is already needed, I don't know enough about the subject to suggest any fixes.
5. Same as 4.