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Considering the current turf-battles-at-every-corner state of our union, this Thanksgiving holiday presents an opportunity: to consider how the fundamental promise of our nation—a representative government where we each have a voice in the policies that affect our everyday lives—unites us as Americans.

Our feature article this week highlights a recent survey that found more than half of American voters believe corruption in the political system is the most serious problem facing the country, outranking any other issue. These are Americans with beliefs that span the political spectrum, but who all see how the current system isn’t representing them and how as democratic citizens we are called to change that reality.

The pervasive issue of big money in politics provides a chance for we the people to dispel the narrative that we are divided on every issue and instead work together as fellow citizens in the movement for the 28th Amendment. As American Promise prepares for a new year and expanded efforts in 2020, we ask you to invite your neighbors, family, friends, and other concerned citizens—especially those with views different than your own—to join the cause of our time and help us win a constitutional amendment to put the power back in the hands of the people.

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Jeff Clements
President, American Promise
Coming Together for One Goal: Bridging the Cross-Partisan Divide 

As millions of Americans come together this week with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, they may arrive with divisive political news on their minds. In this time of giving thanks for our blessings, we at American Promise encourage Americans to leave partisan politics behind and “come to the table” to share a vision for a better future: a post-amendment America, where we all have an equal voice in the policies that shape our lives
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A Conversation on Money in Politics: Reaching Across the Divide to Save Our Democracy 

Hal Gurian and John DeSpelder are friends on opposite sides of the political aisle who share deep concerns about the dysfunctional state of our democracy and have teamed with American Promise to do something about it. Recently, Hal and John spent a day in Washington, D.C., meeting with members of the Michigan congressional delegation and their staffs, looking for common ground that would open the way for limiting the effects of big money in American politics. 
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Giving Tuesday is a day devoted to improving the communities around us—and this year you can help us seize the opportunity to raise $300,000 for American Promise through a generous $150,000 matching pledge. Mark your calendar now to donate to American Promise on Tuesday, December 3. Your contributions can propel our 2020 strategy to support and grow grassroots efforts in states across the nation, build support in Congress, and stay on track to achieve the 28th Amendment to limit big money’s influence on our elections by 2026.
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NCLC 2019: Gearing Up to Take Our Movement to the Next Level 

Now’s your chance to relive the action, collaboration and other highlights from the 2019 National Citizen Leadership Conference! Check out the pictures and videos of fellow citizen leaders in action and learn more about how you can help advance the 28th Amendment by coming together with American Promise to get big money out of politics.
Check out the NCLC 2019 in Review Website!
| What We’re Tracking This Week

From Issue One: A new report and associated webinar delve into paid political advertising policies on Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Twitter, and other social media platforms ahead of the 2020 election. In the “Digital Disaster” report, Issue One examines how piecemeal, voluntary approaches by the largest social media platforms to stop digital disinformation campaigns fall short of what is necessary to protect our political system from foreign interference. “The companies’ political ad transparency policies are a mess, and they do not measure up to the existing standards governing political ads on television and radio,” Issue One says. Read the report and watch the webinar.

From POLITICO: A “dark money” group aligned with left-leaning causes spent $141 million during the 2018 midterm campaign, fueled by large anonymous donations, including one gift totaling $51.7 million. Most funders of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., are likely to remain a mystery because federal law does not require “social welfare”-focused nonprofits to reveal their donors. Sixteen Thirty Fund played a role in the battle for the House of Representatives in 2018, a crucial contest for Democrats trying to regain power. Read more.

From the Portland (Maine) Press Herald: In a letter to the editor, Jane Gallagher of Yarmouth encourages Maine legislators and citizens to join the movement for the 28th Amendment to address the influence of money in politics. “Getting money out of politics is not rocket science,” she says. “It is efficient because it cuts across every substantive issue, and it directly and profoundly reflects our values and priorities as a country.” Read more.

From The Fulcrum: Unmentioned during the previous Democratic presidential debates, democracy reform proposals received attention during the most recent one. All 10 who debated in Atlanta are behind the consensus items on the agenda of democracy reformers—issues including big money in politics, limits on voting rights, and the way politicians get to pick their voters. Several candidates have signed on to the American Promise Candidate Pledge promising to pursue limits on big money if elected. Read more

From the East Oregonian: Lawmakers in Oregon, one of five states with no limits on campaign contributions, are considering election finance reforms. Under the proposal, individuals would be limited to $750 in contributions to any legislative candidate and $2,000 for those seeking statewide office. Individual contributions to state party committees and legislative caucus committees would be capped at $2,000 annually. The legislation also would effectively replace Oregon’s existing political action committees with a new committee structure that would be organized around legislative caucuses, parties or candidate campaigns. Read more.

From Salon: If you’re looking to avoid heated arguments at the Thanksgiving table, consider some “rules of respect” for your gathered guests. The seven suggested rules in this article include advice to listen, walk in someone else’s shoes, and return to common ground. As the article says, “That can only come with listening, really hearing the perspective of another person, and trying to support another.” Read more.

| Upcoming American Promise Events

December 4, Denver, CO: Recent studies show that low confidence in our political and economic systems, and the outsize influence of moneyed interests in shaping public policy, are contributing to low trust in businesses. At this gathering, Colorado business leaders can learn more about corporate civic responsibility and what it means for their firms. Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Congressman Ken Buck have been invited as featured guests. Event sponsors are Business for American Promise, Business for America, and Ranked Choice Voting – Colorado. 4 p.m.-6 p.m., WorkAbility at the Sudler, 1576 Sherman St. Learn more and RSVP.

December 4, Denver CO: Tired of big donors and special interests calling the shots? Concerned that “pay-to-play” politics is pushing businesses to compete based on government favors, rather than the value they create in the marketplace? Join us to help limit big money and restore government’s accountability to the people it serves through a cross-partisan movement to address the root causes of political dysfunction. Speakers will include American Promise President and Co-Founder Jeff Clements and Business for American Promise Program Leader Elizabeth Doty. 6:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Falling Rock Tap House, Private Lower Level, 1919 Blake St. Learn more and RSVP

December 11, Tucson, AZ: Join American Promise Association organizers and citizen leaders in the Tucson area for a free workshop that will give you the tools you need to advocate for the 28th Amendment so our government serves people, not lobbyists and campaign donors. This second workshop will provide information for citizen leaders to use as they make sure our elected officials know people – not corporations, not unions, not Super PACs – govern the citizens of these United States. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Learn more.

American Promise empowers Americans to act together to win the 28th Amendment so people, not money, govern in America.
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