Support for an amendment to limit big money in our political system has widespread support among citizens across the nation. Recently re-introduced in Congress with bipartisan support, the 28th Amendment is garnering attention among current and former elected officials on both sides of the aisle.
On the first day of the 116th Congress, a cross-partisan group of House members introduced a Constitutional amendment to combat corruption, empower voters over donors, and secure the equal rights of Americans to effective representation and participation in self-government. (Read the text of the proposed amendment and learn more about it here). Support for limiting the undue influence of big money has widespread support from Americans of every political persuasion, and the movement is also gaining traction in Congress with elected representatives on both sides of the aisle.
American Promise is a national, cross-partisan leader of the campaign for the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and has thousands of members across the nation. American Promise worked closely with lead sponsors of the proposed amendment, Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL), John Katko (R-NY), Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and is committed to uniting Americans across partisan lines to support ratification of the 28th Amendment.
Former Republican members of Congress and current members of American Promise’s National Advisory Council Olympia Snowe, James Leach and Alan Simpson are urging all Republicans in Congress to join the cross-partisan movement for the 28th Amendment. Read on to hear why they support this important cause.
Congresswoman and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME, 1979-2013)
Former United States Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican who represented the people of Maine in Congress for more than three decades, and a member of American Promise’s National Advisory Council, issued the following statement:
“I am encouraged to see the progress of this proposed Constitutional amendment. We need effective and reasonable regulation of money in our political system to protect the integrity of elections and secure the equal right of all Americans to free speech, representation, and participation in self-government. I commend Congressman John Katko for his leadership in working across the aisle on this effort, and urge other Republicans, as well as Democrats, to join this cross-partisan cause for the good of the nation and our future.”
Congressman James Leach (R-IA, 1977-2007)
Former United States Congressman James Leach, a Republican who represented the people of Iowa for three decades, and a member of American Promise’s National Advisory Council, issued the following statement:
“It is good to see increasing support in the GOP, as well as the Democratic side, for tackling one of our biggest challenges in the nation: bringing Americans together to pass and ratify a Constitutional amendment to wrest control of our government from big donors and special interests, and put power back in the hands of the American people. The American people overwhelmingly support constraints being placed on mega investors, domestic as well as foreign, in our political system. This is an issue of liberty, rather than partisanship. It unites rather than divides the country.”
Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY, 1979-1997)
Former United States Senator Alan Simpson, a Republican who represented the people of Wyoming for two decades, and a member of American Promise’s National Advisory Council, issued the following statement:
“Unlimited money in politics is the number one problem America faces today; until we solve this, we cannot solve other big challenges. That’s why I commend the cross-partisan led sponsorship of the proposed Constitutional amendment for effective and reasonable regulation of money in our political system. This will protect the integrity of our elections, ensure that all Americans are represented and have a voice, and protect our cherished First Amendment rights. I urge Republican members of Congress, and all members of the House and Senate from across the aisle, to work together to pass this constitutional amendment as soon as possible, and send it to the states for ratification.”
American Promise thanks Congresswoman Snowe, Congressman Leach and Senator Simpson for their many years of service to our nation and their leadership on this critical issue to our democracy.