United Against Corruption
Supporting All Paths to Restore True Representative Government in America
Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepanek
- A Declaration of Unity -
We, the undersigned, believe unlimited spending in our elections by Super PACs, corporations, billionaires, and special interest groups has eroded the American political system, and we must use every available tool of democracy to correct the course of our nation.
We believe that ending the undue influence of big money in our politics is an extremely urgent matter. Only when we have a truly representative government -- responsive to the will of the people and not only the few who can afford to buy influence -- can we effectively address the many critical issues facing our society today.
Throughout our nation's history, Americans have united around our common vision of democracy and have risen up to defend it. For example, U.S. Senators were once appointed by state legislatures, until people took action in the early 20th century. The previous method was widely seen as a form of corruption, due to the disproportionate influence wealthy individuals and special interests had over the process. In fact, between 1866 and 1906 nine cases of bribery were brought before the Senate, which was often referred to as “the millionaires club.”
Using every available tool of democracy, including legislation, petitions from the people, ballot referendums, educational campaigns, resolutions calling on Congress to propose a Constitutional Amendment, and finally, applications for an Article V Convention to propose an Amendment, Americans fought to bring about the reform necessary to resolve this issue. These efforts did not impede each other; instead, they built the collective strength of the movement, resulting in the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for the popular election of Senators.
It is in this spirit, and with history as our guide, that we celebrate the many approaches and solutions to the threat to democracy we face today. Indeed, our time for action has also come. We must restore democracy once again.
We believe that we must lead with courage. When presented with challenges of many different magnitudes and against seemingly insurmountable odds -- from the American Revolution to the civil rights era to the women’s suffrage movement -- Americans have always taken courageous action to make our country more democratic, more inclusive, and a more perfect union. We must do the same today. There is too much at stake not to pursue every avenue of reform.
On behalf of ourselves and future generations, we stand united in demanding a government that is responsive to the will of the people.
Organizations United Against Corruption
American Promise is leading the charge for the 28th Amendment so we the people govern the United States -- not big money, not unions, and not corporations.
The Amendment process is well on its way to help set reasonable spending limits in our political elections, so that all Americans - regardless of net worth - can take responsibility for our lives, govern ourselves, and honor our national destiny.
We bring together conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between to pass powerful anti-corruption laws that stop political bribery, end secret money, and fix our broken elections.
Started by Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Stamp Stampede is a project of People Power Initiatives, a Vermont-based 501c3 non-profit organization.
Take Back Our Republictakeback.org
Take Back was founded on the vision that Americans once again trust the integrity of every election and trust that once elected these officials will focus on the good of their constituents. Our tremendous growth in less than four years puts us on the path to become the leading organization in developing a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected, and that every election is financed with transparency primarily by the people to be REPRESENTED and not by outside special interests.
Progressive Change Campaign Committeeboldprogressives.org
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is a million-member grassroots organization building power at the local, state, and federal levels. We advocate for economic populist priorities like expanding Social Security, debt-free college, Wall Street reform, and the public option. We’re the Elizabeth Warren wing of American politics!
Fix Democracy First!fixdemocracyfirst.org
Fix Democracy First is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in Washington State. Our mission is to achieve fair elections and government policies that reflect the will of the people and not the power of money.
We The People Massachusettswethepeoplemass.org
We the People Massachusetts is a non-partisan, all-volunteer network of citizens across the Commonwealth devoted to the cause of democracy. We seek a constitutional amendment to affirm that the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of individual human beings only, and money spent to influence elections is not protected free speech and may be regulated to ensure equal access to the political process for all Americans.
Democracy Is Not For Saledemocracyisnotforsale.org
We show candidates who don't take corporate or other special interests money how to campaign effectively and resourcefully - by making money in politics a major campaign issue.
Wyoming Promise is a grass-roots organization of Wyoming citizens. All strategic decisions are made, and all actions are taken, only by Wyoming citizens. We are cross-partisan: members of any political party, or those unaffiliated with any political party, are welcome to join our movement.
Get Money Out Marylandgetmoneyoutmd.org
The goal of our all-volunteer, nonpartisan organization is to restore balance and integrity to the political systems of Maryland and the United States so that all citizens have equal access to the ballot and an equal say in governance. We promote an amendment to the U. S. Constitution that overturns the Supreme Court decision ‘Citizens United v. FEC,’ and establishes that constitutional rights apply only to natural persons.
Wolf-PAC is a cross-partisan, non-profit political organization founded for a single purpose: to address the disproportionate influence of money in our political system with an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution using a proven, effective, necessary tool found in the Constitution itself - the Article V Convention process. More than half of all U.S. Constitutional Amendments have included a convention campaign, and thus is the tool Wolf-PAC has chosen to deploy in the fight for true democracy.