28th Amendment Committee
The 28th Amendment Committee is dedicated to the ultimate passage of an amendment to the US Constitution, overturning Citizens United, as well as several other similar decisions, establishing that corporations, unions and other special interests are not “people” and that money is not free speech. Five NM MOP working groups are lobbying NM Congresspersons, and a subcommittee is researching and creating language for such an amendment. We are also working to get elected officials at all levels to pledge to embrace and champion this effort. We are training with and working together with American Promise, a national organization whose sole purpose is the creation and passage of a 28th Amendment.
American Promise 28th Amendment Pledge Drive Underway
The 28th Amendment Committee of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics (NMMOP) is engaging in a pledge drive, promoting the American Promise (AP) 28th Amendment Candidate and Elected Official Pledge.
Check out the American Promise Pledge Database for a list of elected officials and candidates who have signed the pledge; you may have to scroll down their page. You can search for New Mexico signers with ‘NM’ in their Search box.
The Pledge is a way for candidates and elected officials at all levels to support – and pledge to use their office to advance – a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution: limiting the undue influence of money in politics; protecting equal representation for all Americans; and preserving constitutional rights and liberties for people, not legal entities such as corporations and special interests.
American Promise is a national nonprofit organization, and the AP Pledge is a national effort. NMMOP, as a statewide organization affiliated with AP, has embarked on the initial phase of our AP Pledge drive, encompassing the offices of New Mexico’s State and US Representatives and Senators, as well as Santa Fe City Council and Mayor, Santa Fe County Commission, New Mexico’s Governor, and several other state positions.
NM MOP has organized a structure for volunteer participation in the AP Pledge, providing materials, guidance, and record-keeping, with the intention of educating and impacting as many individuals as possible about this important issue, and moving closer to winning a 28th Amendment
We invite you to consider joining our efforts. For more information, or to sign up for a specific candidate or elected official, contact email@example.com.
Proposed Final Draft 28th Amendment as of 3/25/18
Proposed Text of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to Reform Private Campaign Finance in the United States of America
“That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:
“Section 1. This article is intended to protect the integrity and transparency of government and the electoral process, and to ensure that no one, as a result of his financial resources or capabilities, shall have undue influence upon elected governmental officials, the election of any candidate for public office or the success or failure of any ballot
“Section 2. The rights protected by this Constitution are the rights of natural persons only. Artificial entities or constructs created pursuant to or authorized by the laws of a State, the United States or any foreign state have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State or local law. Rights, benefits and privileges afforded to artificial entities by law shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
“Section 3. Only natural persons, and political parties and affiliated political committees that register with the appropriate governmental authorities empowered to regulate campaign contributions and expenditures within their jurisdictions, may make contributions to or incur expenditures for the benefit of any candidate for public office or in support of any ballot measure, or to oppose any candidate or ballot measure. Candidates shall only solicit and may only receive contributions from or benefit from the payment of expenditures made by natural persons, their political parties and affiliated political committees. Political parties and affiliated political committees shall only solicit and may only receive contributions from or benefit from the payment of expenditures by natural persons. Candidates may not transfer funds contributed to them or benefits inuring to them to other candidates, or from one campaign to another. Political parties and political committees operating at one level of government within a jurisdiction may transfer contribution funds or expenditure benefits only between or among themselves and to candidates running for office at that same level of government within their jurisdiction.
“Section 4. Federal, State and local government shall regulate and limit and/or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures. They shall impose limits upon the amount of contributions to and the value of expenditures inuring to individual candidates, political parties and political committees, and upon the aggregate amount or value of contributions given and expenditures paid for by each donor or benefactor, whether made to candidates, political parties, political committees, or a combination thereof. Such regulation, limitations and/or prohibitions shall also apply to contributions and expenditures made or incurred for the purpose of opposing the election of any candidate for public office or ballot measure.
“Section 5. Federal, State, and local government shall enact legislation and make regulations and rules requiring all candidates, political parties and political committees to timely report to the appropriate governmental authorities sufficient information for the People to know who the financial supporters and opponents of candidates and ballot measures are, and what amounts are being contributed or expended by them. Those governmental authorities charged with collecting such information shall publish it in a timely and effective manner to best inform the People.
“Section 6. Federal, State and local government shall ensure the effective enforcement of legislation enacted and regulations and rules made pursuant to this article by providing adequate funding for the governmental authorities charged by them with regulating contributions and expenditures and through the establishment of effective methods of verification of compliance and meaningful penalties for violations thereof.
“Section 7. Legislation enacted and regulations and rules made pursuant to and consistent with this article shall not be construed to impermissibly abridge or infringe upon any of the rights of the People afforded them by this Constitution.”
The 28th Amendment Language Subcommittee:
John House, Laura Atkins, David Burling, Herb Faling and Debra Helper
Things you can do right now to further the effort toward a 28th Amendment:
1. Sign the Citizens Uprising Petition:
I pledge to join the 50-state Citizen Uprising in my state to support the 28th Amendment so that people – not money, not corporations, not special interests – govern America.
Sign the Citizens Uprising Petition.
2. Sign the 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 percent 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 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.”
Sign the Pledge Petition.
3. Consider joining American Promise
Sign up for membership: attend Second Saturday Citizen Action calls, gain access to lots of great resources, and be connected to an active source of 28th Amendment activism. Monthly contributions can be as low or high as you choose.
Join American Promise.
4. “Like” and “Follow” both the American Promise and NM MOP on Facebook
Visit American Promise on Facebook, then click on “like” and “follow.” The page offers announcements of actions taking place locally and nationally, introductions to Pledge signers, and lots of interesting and inspiring material on the 28th Amendment movement.
While you’re at it, do the same with the NM MOP on Facebook and click on “like” and “follow” there.
5. Review the “What You Can Do Today” handout from American Promise.
Download the “What You Can Do Today” handout which is a great list of do-able things you can start on right away, either on your own, or in collaboration with American Promise, or with NM MOP.
6. Join the NM MOP 28th Amendment Committee
Become an active member of this work group. We work closely with American Promise and other national and local organizations, doing what we can to educate and take action toward this important cause.
Join the NM MOP 28th Amendment Committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Latest Meeting Announcements (3/19)
- Ishwari Sollohub was elected as Co-Chair of this committee.
- Discounts are available for the June 22-25 American Promise Conference in Washington D.C. Contact John House or Ishwari Sollohub, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The work of the 28th Amendment Language Subcommittee has been finalized and presented to the 28th Amendment Committee and the NM MOP BOD. It will now be shared with the American Promise “Writing the 28th Amendment Project”. The committee may also consult constitutional scholars and/or attorneys for advice on further development of this amendment.
- NM MOP members are invited to go to American Promise.net and consider signing up for membership, and attending the AP Second Saturday Citizen Action calls. Monthly contributions can be as low or high as you choose.
- NM MOP members are also encouraged to go to http://www.americanpromise.net/pledge to sign the Pledge Petition, which states that you want your candidates to sign the American Promise 28th Amendment Candidates and Elected Officials Pledge. A recent count shows over 100,000 people have signed nationally.
- The AP Pledge Drive continues and always needs volunteers. Contact Ishwari Sollohub or email@example.com.
28th Amendment Committee Meeting Notes
28th Amendment Language Subcommittee
Chair: John House
28th Amendment Language Subcommittee Meeting Minutes
September 25th, 2017 (pdf)