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Another major milestone in the fight for the 28th Amendment is right around the corner. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) will reintroduce the Democracy for All Amendment in the U.S. Senate next Tuesday, July 30. The amendment, which was introduced in the House in January with bipartisan support, establishes that corporations are not people and money is not speech, allowing Congress and the states to put limits on campaign spending.

Rapidly building momentum all over the country is driving the 28th Amendment forward in Congress, and making it a major talking point in the 2020 Democratic primaries and the 2020 presidential election. This success is the result of effective, citizen-led grassroots action across the nation, which has pushed democracy reform into the mainstream debate. The only way to translate the broad cross-partisan support for the 28th Amendment among Americans into votes in Congress is through increasing citizen pressure on candidates and elected officials, and it's working.

Want to help? Call your Senators and Representatives today (use our tool below) and ask them to support the Amendment—and join us at the National Citizen Leadership Conference this October.

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Johannes Epke
Counsel, American Promise
Senator Tom Udall Set to Introduce 28th Amendment

Next week Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) plans a major announcement around the Democracy for All Amendment in the Senate. Citizen action is poised to propel the issues of money in politics and government corruption to the forefront as we head toward the 2020 election. If you're near the D.C. area, join Senator Udall at the Supreme Court July 30!
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Call your congresspeople in support of the Democracy for All Amendment. Once the Democracy for All Amendment is introduced in the Senate, it will be in both chambers of Congress. Call your members of Congress and thank them for their support or ask them to co-sponsor the DFA.
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Announcing Our First Set of 2019 Speakers! Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, 3-time Oscar-nominated actress Debra Winger, BridgeUSA CEO Manu Meel and retired 4-time CEO and 2018 Senate Candidate Neal Simon are just a few of the esteemed speakers who will join us at this year's National Citizen Leadership Conference in the D.C. metro. Learn more about them and our other confirmed 2019 speakers. 
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| What We’re Tracking This Week

From Sludge: Big Tech's political influence is the result of a coordinated effort that includes campaign spending and lobbying. The technology industry has recently come under strict scrutiny over data privacy concerns and the ease with which bad actors are able to leverage social media platforms for malicious influence campaigns. Read more.

From the Fulcrum: Issue One senior political strategist Weston Wamp highlights how dark money is detrimental for all Americans regardless of political affiliation. Wamp is calling on fellow Republicans to join the cross-partisan fight against dark money.  Read more.

From the Fulcrum: A bipartisan group of Wisconsin lawmakers are supporting legislation that would end partisan gerrymandering in the state. The bipartisan support comes in response to last month's Supreme Court ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause, in which the Court decided partisan gerrymandering is a political issue that it does not have jurisdiction over. Read more.

From The Colorado Sun: As the 2020 election cycle draws closer, states across the nation are seeing exorbitant amounts of money being spent on political advertising, campaigning and lobbying. This article breaks down the political spending that Colorado is already seeing at the local, state and national levels. Read more.

Invest in the cause of our time: together we will ensure that We the People—not big money, not corporations, not unions, not special interests—govern America. 
| Upcoming American Promise Events
Doris "Granny D" Haddock walked across the nation to bring attention to the issue of big money in politics. 
July 30, Washington, D.C.: Join Senator Tom Udall and other Democratic senators at the Supreme Court, where they will introduce a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and prevent wealthy special interests from spending unlimited amounts of money to try to influence our elections. Join us to show your support and hear from Senator Udall and others about how we can reduce the power of special interest money, bring dark money into the light, and create a democracy that works for all of us. Learn more.

August 3, Dublin, NH: Join American Promise and other democracy reform organizations for the Granny D Memorial Walk from Dublin to Peterborough, followed by a rally and lunch at Depot Square in Peterborough. This celebration honors the work of legendary New Hampshire activist Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who famously walked across the nation to protest big money in politics. Learn more.
American Promise empowers Americans to act together to win the 28th Amendment so people, not money, govern in America. To maximize our impact together, contributions are not tax deductible. 
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