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For young Americans like me, today’s problems are tomorrow’s crises. From overwhelming student loan debt to the climate catastrophe to skyrocketing health care costs, these problems are exacerbated by our dysfunctional, stalled political system.

But as the largest rising generation in history, we have an opportunity to use our political will to create real change—and that’s why American Promise is asking young people across the country to come together against big money in politics and join the movement for the 28th Amendment. By signing the Cause of Our Time Statement of Principle, we can raise our collective political voice, act for the future, and work to restore a government for We the People rather than the big-money special interests that now dominate. 

We’ve seen the power citizen leaders have when they demand action on this issue. In New Hampshire, Corinne Dodge, former State Senator Jim Rubens and many others organized a grassroots effort against political corruption that resulted in New Hampshire becoming the 20th state to call on Congress for a constitutional amendment. And thanks to citizen efforts, 13 current and past 2020 presidential candidates have signed the American Promise Candidate Pledge to advance the amendment if elected—the most recent to join the bipartisan movement is Republican former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. 

Now we want you and other American Promise citizen leaders to seize your power and invite more young Americans to join the movement to get big money out of politics. Share the Cause of Our Time Statement of Principle with your friends and family and ask them to help us advance the 28th Amendment to address big money—the root cause of so many current political problems. 

Join me in fighting for the Cause of Our Time! 

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Wambui Gatheru
Outreach Manager, American Promise
The Future is Ours: Spread the Word About the Cause of Our Time 

To create a brighter future for our democracy, American Promise is turning to our future leaders to join the movement for the 28th Amendment. A recent article in Law & Crime shares how the Cause of Our Time campaign asks young people to pledge their commitment through the Statement of Principle. Share the statement and help us beat our goal of 10,000 signatures by the start of 2020!
Sign + Share the Cause of Our Time Statement of Principle
2020 Presidential Candidates on Both Sides of the Aisle Want to End Big Money in Politics 

The issue of big money in politics is building momentum as presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle—including Republican Bill Weld, above—continue to sign on to the American Promise Candidate Pledge. Learn more about where the candidates stand on this issue—and who has signed the pledge.
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| What We’re Tracking This Week

From WAMU 88.5: The off-year elections in Virginia are attracting national attention and lots of campaign cash. With 140 seats up for grabs in the General Assembly, donations have reached about $53 million—up 67% from Virginia’s last off-off elections in 2015. In this episode of “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” examining the influence of donations to Democrats and Republicans from national groups, a member of the Northern Virginia APA called in to raise awareness of the 28th Amendment. Hear more.

From the Sacramento Bee: While California Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t face re-election until 2022, donations are pouring in to his campaign fund as he and state lawmakers negotiate final deals on legislation. Newsom has brought in about $1.8 million since he took office, including $1.1 million from August through mid-October. Most people and companies contributing to Newsom’s campaign in the months leading up to his deadline to act on legislation also reported lobbying on bills and issues before state agencies this year, according to campaign finance and lobbying reports. Read more.

From Politico: Reversing his earlier stance, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has agreed to accept campaign funds from a Super PAC. Until his recent decision, his campaign had rebuffed donors who wanted to form a Super PAC. But last week the Biden campaign took the step in a primary where nearly all of his rivals reject the fundraising vehicles as emblematic of the pernicious influence of big money in politics. Read more.

From the Troy (Ohio) Daily News: In a letter to the editor, Deb Hogshead of Troy calls attention to a question at a recent City Council candidate forum on money in politics. Candidates were asked if they would support the 28th Amendment to clarify that money spent on elections is not a protected form of speech and should be regulated. “Decisions made in Columbus and Washington, D.C., are routinely influenced by large corporate entities that, over time, have been granted constitutional rights by the Supreme Court, and that influence drowns out the voices of the rest of us,” Hogshead says. Read more

From the Center for Responsive Politics: Proposed legislation that would cap surprise medical bills is drawing millions in lobbying spending from physician-affiliated firms and other affected companies. Physician firms and emergency services companies have a lot to lose if Congress caps the amount of money they can charge to patients receiving out-of-network care, which most often occurs during emergency visits. Records show that Physicians for Fair Coverage, a coalition of privately owned physician staffing firms, spent $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2019, up front $145,000 in the first half of the year. Read more

From the Guardian: New York City voters will decide next month whether the city should have ranked-choice voting in primaries and special elections when there are more than two candidates. Advocates of ranked-choice voting say that it may encourage candidates to run on platforms that appeal to a broader range of people, without worry of splitting the vote. It also would help in New York City, where elections often draw a large number of candidates. Read more.

Big money political spending affects everything from environmental policy to the tax code. We want to know: How does big money in politics affect an issue you care about? Share your thoughts on the American Promise Facebook page and see what other citizen leaders have to say!
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| Upcoming American Promise Events

November 2, New Haven, CT: American Promise President Jeff Clements will be part of an afternoon roundtable discussion on corruption at the 2019 Global Justice Conference at Yale University. The conference will bring together academics, policymakers and non-governmental organization leaders for practice-oriented presentations and discussion. Sponsors are the Yale Global Justice Program, the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, and ASAP. Learn more.

November 19, Pittsfield, MA: Massachusetts citizens are encouraged to share their thoughts at the American Promise “Speak Out Against Big Money in Politics” Citizens Commission Town Hall Meeting. At the meeting, individuals are encouraged to give oral and/or written testimony as input to the Citizens Commission, which voters approved last fall as part of a ballot question. There is no restriction on the length of written testimony, but oral presentations will be limited to 3-5 minutes, depending on the number of attendees, who can arrive and depart at their convenience. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., St. Stephens Parish, 67 East St. Learn more.

Wear your passion around a more just republic! Share your dedication to ending the dominance of big money in politics by ordering your American Promise lapel pin! 
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American Promise empowers Americans to act together to win the 28th Amendment so people, not money, govern in America.
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