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Spending updates from the current presidential race provide more evidence of the power and access big money wields in campaigns: Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent more than $300 million on advertising since joining the race in November; and fellow billionaire and Democratic hopeful Tom Steyer has spent $145 million on ads. On the Republican side, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson plans to donate $100 million to President Trump’s re-election campaign. This use of personal wealth to generate media headlines and gain access to voters’ living rooms through the airwaves—rather than engaging in a two-way dialogue—is not what the Founding Fathers intended. 

As political spending climbs higher and higher with each election cycle, and the majority of campaign donations come from a few wealthy Americans, citizen leaders are saying enough—and advocating for an amendment that allows states and Congress to enact reasonable limits on election spending and ensure a political voice for all American citizens.

American Promise joined citizen leaders in taking this call for systemic change to Capitol Hill for a House committee hearing last week, where Americans showed up and spoke up—sharing why a majority of us agree now is the time to limit the influence of big money in politics and restore the democratic promise of America. 

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Azor Cole
State Manager, American Promise
Jeff Clements: Citizen Pressure is Advancing an Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics 

Citizens across the nation are standing up and demanding elected officials address the fundamental issue of big money in politics, spurring a hearing last week in the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
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American Promise State Manager Azor Cole introduced American Promise citizen leaders during a press conference before the Capitol Hill hearing on an amendment to get big money out of politics. “History has shown that when a problem is big enough, Americans step up—time and time again,” he said. “Americans from all political stripes, from all political backgrounds. Americans who might not have anything in common on paper except that they believe in the power of a working democracy and are willing to fight to ensure one. That’s who this hearing is for today.”
Watch Azor’s Remarks at the Press Conference
After the Congressional committee hearing on the need for an amendment to get big money out of politics, it’s time to build on the momentum. Use this outreach tool to contact your senators and representatives in Congress and encourage them to advance the amendment that a cross-partisan majority of Americans support.
 
Ask Your Members of Congress to Support the 28th Amendment!
| What We’re Tracking This Week

From Axois: Since joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent more than $300 million on advertising—more than double the next-highest spender, Tom Steyer at $145 million—focusing on the Super Tuesday states rather than earlier primary states. Read more.

From the Center for Responsive Politics: An analysis of federal campaign finance filings shows that Super PACs brought in more than $65 million from groups bankrolled by secret donors in 2019.  Super PACs aligned with congressional Republican and Democratic Party leadership have already received millions of dollars from so-called “dark money” groups during the 2020 election cycle. Read more.

From the Globe Post: In an opinion piece, Susan Muller calls for a return to dignity in American politics following divisive actions at the recent State of the Union speech. “Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or choose not to align with either party, we all want our government to work for us,” she says. “One of the biggest challenges is out-of-control spending driven by the influence of unlimited big money in our political system.” Read more.

From The Fulcrum: A voter registration bill close to approval in California would give voters more flexibility to change their party affiliation before a primary election. The measure looks likely to be on the books in time to permit many thousands of additional people to vote in the Democratic primary on March 3. Read more

From Fox News: The influence of political donations on policy decisions—and the subsequent effect on everyday citizens—is the subject of a new “Tucker Carlson Tonight” investigation. This episode examines the influence of major Republican donor Paul Singer through his investment in sporting goods retailer Cabela’s, a subsequent merger and the company’s sale that led to the loss of 2,000 jobs in Sidney, Nebraska. Read and watch more.

| Upcoming American Promise Events

February 24, Cheyenne, WY: This Wyoming Promise event aims to keep the 28th Amendment top of mind for state legislators. Join leaders of the statewide organization for an update on the movement during Coffee and Cake at the Wyoming Capitol from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Learn more.

March 5, Salem, MA: Author and award-winning scholar Nancy MacLean will discuss her new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” which has been called “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” Nancy was a speaker at the 2019 National Citizen Leadership Conference. 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University. Learn more.

March 6, Concord, MA: Author and award-winning scholar Nancy MacLean will discuss her new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” which has been called “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” Nancy was a speaker at the 2019 National Citizen Leadership Conference. 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., First Parish Church. 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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