What is The 28th Amendment?

The 28th Amendment is based in nationwide consensus among Americans across the nation. Read our recent report Keep the Promise: America 250, which outlines how and why we can work together to pass this amendment.

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American Promise is working to organize American citizens to win the 28th Amendment to restore a democracy in which we the people—not big money, not corporations, not unions, not special interests—govern ourselves.

The 28th Amendment:

  • Empowers American voters to end the escalating influence of big money that dominates our elections.
  • Is supported by the vast majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle.
  • Offers lasting reform not dependent on who is elected to office.
  • Enables Americans to enact reasonable limits on campaign contributions and dark money political spending, reversing the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision.

Why an Amendment?

28th Amendment FAQ

Is the movement for the 28th Amendment a partisan effort? 

No. Americans from every walk of life and on both sides of the political aisle support the movement to end big money in politics. Our nationwide chapters and advisory board include conservatives, liberals and everyone in between. Meet our advisory council.

Why do you call this the 28th Amendment? Aren’t other reform groups working on amendments too? 

We use the 28th Amendment as a shorthand that reflects our goal to make ending money in politics the next amendment, but we support many other reform groups’ amendment efforts. If any of them passes before ours, we’ll be happy to call ours the 29th.

Is there a specific amendment the 28th Amendment refers to? 

Each year, amendment language is introduced in Congress; in 2021, H.J. Res. 1, co-sponsored by Rep. Katko (R-NY-24) and Rep. Deutch (D-FL-22) is the leading "28th Amendment" resolution in Congress. While we support this version, American Promise is working to unify Americans and members of Congress behind the best language that will lead to the super-majority support necessary to ratify such an amendment. Our current draft and analysis, derived from years of listening sessions can be read here and we invite all Americans to weigh in on the language so that together we can write a 28th Amendment with the ability to win.

Why an amendment and not legislation? 

American Promise is dedicated to staying laser focused on this one issue because we believe it is the foundational, structural issue that overshadows reform in all other realms of American public policy and governing. Laws are not enough: Because the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people and money is speech, laws that seek to establish spending limits in our elections are subject to legal challenges. An Amendment is the law of the land and offers permanent structural reform. This is why historically the American people have used the amendment process to overturn bad Supreme Court decisions, such as upholding slavery and denying women’s right to vote. An amendment would provide the bedrock for systemic change to support a range of other reforms that strengthen our democracy: election funding laws, gerrymandering, anti-corruption, equal voting rights, term limits etc.

Can we pass an amendment in such a politically divided nation? 

During times of national turmoil and conflict that amendments are most often passed. While we are living in a time of political division, the American people are united in the desire to end big money in politics. In polls, 85% of Democrats and 66% of Republicans favor an amendment that would allow Congress and the states to write campaign finance laws and to distinguish between people and corporations.. Already, 20 states—more than half the 38 needed to pass an Amendment—and more than 800 cities and towns have passed resolutions formally calling for the Amendment.