Florida Becomes a Battleground in the Fight Against Big Money in Politics

Actions in support of a 28th Amendment to get big money out of politics are escalating in Florida. On April 13, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) joined Jeff Clements of American Promise and Wanda Francis of Indivisible for a town hall in Fort Lauderdale focused on the damaging effects to American democracy due to the flood of unlimited, concentrated money into our American elections after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. 

Just two weeks earlier, Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream and founder of Stamp Stampede, joined American Promise – Tampa Bay to rally over 400 people in St Petersburg Florida in support of a 28th Amendment.  

“Democracy is not what we heard about in grade school, said Ben Cohen, “but there is a chance now in Florida to help get it back.” 

Congressman Deutch is the lead sponsor of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United with nearly 100 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Senate 28th Amendment bill has also been introduced with numerous co-sponsors. 

"Americans across the country and across the political spectrum are working to win the 28th Amendment to take power back to the citizens from the big money that has taken over our democracy,” said Jeff Clements Co-Founder and President of American Promise. “Congressman Ted Deutch is listening to the people, and leading the charge to get this Amendment through Congress and on to the states for ratification. We salute his leadership.”

American Promise – Tampa Bay is leading the Citizen Uprising in Florida in hopes of giving voters the opportunity to weigh in on this issue on the 2018 ballot.  

“The one goal of this endeavor is to win the 28th Amendment to get big money out of politics so that people – not money, not corporation, not special interests – govern America,” said Rae Claire Johnson, Citizen Lead of American Promise – Tampa Bay.  “This is how we re-establish common sense rules to regain balance in our democracy and guarantee free and fair elections.”