News. Debate. Community. Levers for a better democracy.

American Promise

American Promise is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that advocates for a 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution that would allow the U.S. Congress and states to set reasonable limits on campaign spending in U.S. elections.
News. Community. Debate. Levers for better democracy.

Sign up for The Fulcrum newsletter.

Citizen Leaders Book Club With Neal Simon

Organizer: American Promise

Neal Simon, author of the newly released book "Contract to Unite America, Ten Reforms to Reclaim Our Republic," joins American Promise to kick of the new Citizen Leaders Book Club. Each quarter, we'll read a new book, and then meet together online with the author. We are pleased to be joined by some of our partners in the non-partisan reform movement – Issue One, Unite America, the Congressional Management Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and others.

As a four-time CEO and independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, Neal will share insights gained from his political campaign on how the next era of American politics is being shaped by citizen-led reform movements – including American Promise's constitutional amendment. This is an interactive call and questions will be welcome.

Location: Virtual

Represent Bay Area Presents: American Promise

Organizer: RepresentUs

Join us for a presentation by Laura Knipmeyer with American Promise and learn how we can work together to end Citizens United. At this presentation you will:

  • Meet anti-corruption organizers in your area.
  • Learn about what you can do to help unrig our system both locally and nationally.
  • Discuss the American Anti-Corruption Act and what we can do to support it.

If you are interested in making Bay Area work for everyday people want to learn how you can contribute, join the presentation and become a part of the movement!

Location: Berkeley Bowl West Community Room, 920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA

Sara Swann/The Fulcrum

The House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties heard testimony Thursday on a proposed amendment to nullify the effects of Citizens United.

Amendment to nullify Citizens United finally gets air time in the House

It's been a decade since the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, paving the way for an ocean of unregulated and secretive campaign spending. Proponents of tighter restrictions had their first chance on Thursday to tell the House why amending the Constitution is the best way to reverse the multibillion-dollar trend — but the subcommittee hearing looks to be all they get for a while.

The so-called Democracy For All amendment has been introduced in the House and Senate in all six Congresses since the Supreme Court's landmark decision. Each time, Democrats have been joined by one Republican at most in backing the proposal — signaling the government is nowhere close to "overturning" Citizens United v. FEC by making the 28th constitutional alteration.

The two-hour hearing did nothing to alter that reality. In fact, the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Democrat Steve Cohen of Tennessee, said nothing about reconvening someday to hold the first necessary vote.

Keep reading... Show less

United Against Corruption Rally

Organizer: American Promise, Public Citizen, RepresentUs, Take Back Our Republic, Wolf-PAC and more

Hear from powerful speakers in the democracy reform movement, learn how the corruption of our government affects the lives of real people, and be presented with different ways to get involved.

Location: U.S. Capitol steps, First St SE, Washington, DC

© Issue One. All rights reserved.