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Our strategy to win the amendment based on state-by-state victories is working. People across the nation and across the political spectrum are fired up about ending corruption and pay-to-play politics, and we’re seeing the momentum build in towns, cities, states and in Congress.

Last month New Hampshire became the 20th state to call for the amendment thanks to citizen leaders whose cross-partisan action is a model for organizing in states that have not yet called for the amendment. While passing an amendment to the Constitution may seem daunting, passing local resolutions is achievable—citizen leaders all over America are doing it, and they’re sharing their tips and lessons with anyone who wants to get involved.

In Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states across the nation, American Promise citizen leaders are laying the groundwork for the statewide victories that will build the momentum to get the 28th Amendment ratified. If you believe your local, state and national government should listen to you—not ultra-wealthy donors, special interests or corporations—this is your fight.


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Azor Cole
State Manager, American Promise
State-by-State Victories: How These States Did It 

Over the past year, we made major steps toward passing the 28th Amendment to limit big money in politics thanks to the hard work of American Promise Association leaders across the country. Their successes prove that with tenacity, passion and hard work, our goals are within reach.
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The Power Is In Our Hands! 

Tired of wealthy special interests controlling our nation’s political agenda? In this magazine from American Promise, read about citizen-led successes across the country and learn what you can do in your state to further the movement for the 28th Amendment. Download your free digital guide to citizen empowerment!
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We are coming together to take action to change our political system that’s increasingly rigged to give undue influence to wealthy special interests. IT’S ON.

This October we’re going to Washington, D.C., to tell Congress representation is for every American—not just the big money system working to overtake our democracy.

Join us October 19-21 in the Washington, D.C., area for the National Citizen Leadership Conference and Citizen Lobby Day!
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Federal Court Blocks Rule Aimed at Lowering Prescription Drug Prices 

A Trump-backed rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose drug prices in TV ads was blocked this week in federal court. Among the legal arguments was drug companies’ claim that the rule would violate their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. 
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| What We’re Tracking This Week

From the Portsmouth Herald: Members and supporters of the NH Rebellion gathered recently for a 20th anniversary walk in support of campaign finance reform. Among those participating was Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand, who shared her thoughts about big money in politics later at a town hall meeting. “With the big money in Washington, with the special interests, we are never going to fix any of our issues,” Gillibrand said. “Remove that and we can fix everything.” Read more.

From Free Speech for People: An amicus brief recently submitted in Lieu v. FEC includes peer-reviewed research demonstrating that large contributions to Super PACs create an appearance of corruption. Their research consisted of two “vignette-based experiments” in which people were recruited to serve as mock jurors and determine whether various campaign finance fact patterns met the standard for quid pro quo corruption under federal bribery statutes. Read more

From the Center for Responsive Politics: Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential election revealed more about their stances on campaign finance during the first debates. Most of the 20 candidates in the debates say the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC needs to be undone, and many also support a constitutional amendment to undo the court’s majority opinion that independent political expenditures are free speech and cannot be subjected to spending limits. The article includes a look at each candidate’s stance on money in politics. Read more

From the Arizona Republic: A voter-approved ban on “dark money” in Phoenix elections became law earlier this month. Phoenix voters in November approved the measure that requires individuals and organizations to disclose any campaign donations above $1,000 intended to influence a Phoenix election. Negative ads not connected with the candidates and their campaigns were a staple of the recent mayoral election. Read more.

Help American Promise build the state-by-state drive to formally call for the 28th Amendment. Invest in the cause of our time to ensure that We the People—not big money, not corporations, not unions, not special interests—govern America. 
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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