Dear [Candidate name],
I am writing to you on behalf of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics (NMMOP), a New Mexico-based nonpartisan, nonprofit organization (see www.nmmop.org) and also the Santa Fe Chapter of American Promise, a national nonprofit organization (see www.americanpromise.net). NMMOP and American Promise have much visibility in New Mexico.
We are asking candidates to sign the American Promise 28th Amendment Candidate and Elected Official Pledge which states that the signatory will use his/her office to support the constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance. You can see the pledge and read about it by going to https://americanpromise.net/take-action/join-a-program/pledge-campaign/.
Why sign the American Promise Candidate Pledge?
First, you probably already know that our campaign finance system is skewed in favor of those who can convince big donors to contribute and send money to PACs to finance campaign expenditures on their behalf. And that to continue to win, candidates have to continually seek money from them and, of course, they don’t just give for free; they will be expecting something in return. That’s not democracy. That’s not representing the people. Signing the Pledge to help end this terrible, undemocratic practice is the right thing to do.
Second, signing the Pledge right now is a good way to get visibility for doing something good at a time when, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders, it is very difficulty to come by. Signatories of the Pledge receive local and national publicity. They are highlighted on the American Promise website at https://americanpromise.net/take-action/join-a-program/pledge-campaign/ and on the NMMOP website, Facebook page and a mass mailing to our approximate 500 subscribers. Many notable candidates and elected officials across the nation have signed the Pledge. Here in New Mexico, signers include incumbent candidate U.S. Rep. for NM Dist. 2 Deb Haaland, five current candidates for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional district, several candidates for County Commissioner, District Attorney, County Clerk and many others elected offices. Past signers include NM SOS Maggie Toulouse Oliver, three candidates for Governor in 2018, several NM legislators, several Santa Fe BCC members, and Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber.
You can sign and deliver the Pledge to American Promise yourself or have one of your campaign staff help you with it. Just follow the instructions below and on the website:
Step 1: Go to this page on the American Promise website: https://americanpromise.net/take-action/join-a-program/pledge-campaign/. Click on the “Download and Print the Pledge” button. Up will pop the Pledge. Print it out and sign, date and fill out the rest of the asked-for info including the office you are seeking. Take a photo or scan of the signed pledge.
Step 2: In order to create a graphic featuring you as a pledge signer, American Promise needs a short statement (50 words or less) saying why you are signing the Pledge. For example, you could make a statement about the problematic effects of big money in politics and how the amendment will address them. Send that to me as well. You can see statements by other signers on the American Promise Pledge page using the link above.
Step 3: You or a staff person can finish the process of getting it to American Promise online. Press the button on the same page from which you downloaded the Pledge entitled “Submit a Signed Pledge”. There you can upload the photo or scanned image of the signed Pledge, a photo of yourself and the brief statement of described in Step 2 above. American Promise will then feature you, among all the other pledge signers.
Doing the submission online does require a little technical knowledge of how to upload pdfs and photos, so it may be easier to just send the scanned pledge, photo and personal statement directly to me by email and I will then forward it to American Promise.
There are only two weeks left until the primary. People are already starting to do early voting and cast their absentee ballots. THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW! An attractive graphic about you signing the Pledge will appear on the American Promise Pledge Campaign page and will be featured on NMMOP’s website, Facebook page and a mass mailing to our subscribers.
If you have questions, please call. I’d be happy to answer them.
[Position if any]