Pledge Campaign

The American Promise Candidate Pledge is a volunteer-led effort to get candidates and elected officials at all levels of government to pledge on the record that they will use their office to advance the 28th Amendment. In order to ultimately succeed in the ratification of the 28th Amendment, we’re going to need the support of hundreds more elected officials, and the pledge is an effective tool to secure that support.

How it works: Anyone can download and print out the pledge and ask a candidate or incumbent elected official to sign it. Once signed, the forms are returned to American Promise, and we'll keep track and report who has and hasn't signed the pledge. We'll then work to turn those pledges into action and leadership on the 28th Amendment.

The pledge is an opportunity to educate voters on where their candidates and elected officials stand on the 28th Amendment, and turn the Amendment into an election issue. Ensuring that voters know which candidates support the 28th Amendment is an essential step to electing a Congress and state legislatures that will pass this historic reform.

The pledge is also an opportunity to educate current and future elected officials about the 28th Amendment. While many of us would agree that these issues are among the most important to the future of our democracy, many elected officials aren’t aware of American Promise or the push for a 28th Amendment. Asking candidates and elected officials to sign the pledge is a great chance to offer them some background information, answer any questions they may have, and start an ongoing relationship with them.

Pledge Petition

We know that a majority of Americans -- democratic, republican, and independent -- are tired of unlimited spending from corporations and special interests in our elections: 80% of citizens support our movement, and 19 states have already won ballot initiatives or resolutions calling on Congress to take action. Over 100,000 citizens like you have taken our Citizen Uprising pledge in support of a 28th Amendment to reverse Citizens United and reclaim our democracy. Now, we're asking candidates running for office across the country to do the same -- and we need your help. Add your name: "I want my candidates to sign the pledge in support of the 28th Amendment."

Pledge Language

Click Here to Download the Pledge

The pledge states:

"I support amending the United States Constitution to 1) secure fair, free elections by limiting the undue influence of money in politics; 2) protect the rights of all Americans to equal participation and representation, rather than overrepresentation of donors and special interests; and 3) protect the unalienable liberty of people rather than new privileges for the largest corporations, unions, and special interests; and

I pledge to use my office to advance such a 28th Amendment in the ways and means available to me as a public official, including, but not limited to:sponsoring or cosponsoring bills, resolutions, or other legislation advancing proposal or ratification of such a 28th Amendment; voting in favor of such bills and resolutions in committee, subcommittee, floor or other votes; working to build cross-partisan support; and publicly advocating for the necessity of such a 28th Amendment."

Take the Pledge

If you are a candidate or office holder who would like to to take the pledge, or have a pledge filled out by a candidate or office holder, please upload it using the form below. You'll first need to download the pledge, and then scan or take a picture of the signed pledge to upload. For more information about why to sign, how to sign, and what to do once you've signed, refer to our candidate and office holder resources here.