By Laura Knipmeier of American Promise California
In 2017 I experienced my last election as a New Jersey resident. In spectacular form, Republican Governor Chris Christie realized the lowest approval ratings (nearly single digits) in the history of the country. The Democratic primary therefore became the sole determiner of the new governor. One man, Phil Murphy, spent $26 million of his own money in that race, assuring easy defeat of the entire field of highly qualified candidates. Yes, that’s what happened: Within the Democratic Party itself, one man prevailed with cash.
Fast forward to 2021, three years after my return…
A growing cynicism among young people surrounding our electoral system reflects a growing awareness and rising concerns about the influence of money in politics. They increasingly are seeing how a lack of progress on important issues — from the climate crisis to the cost of higher education — affects their daily lives as well as their futures. Jeffrey Clemmons is a senior at Huston-Tillotson college in Austin, Texas, studying political science. Jeffrey is also the president of his campus’ NAACP chapter where he organizes around voting rights, food insecurity, and student rights. As a young community organizer aligned with the…
Across the board on almost every issue that matters, money is preventing progress or twisting policy outcomes to favor the interests of those that have the most money, says American Promise President Jeff Clements. That’s why American Promise is working to unite Americans across the country — and across the political spectrum — to reform our political system.
Last month, Jeff joined the “Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast” by Grow Ensemble, where he shared the message about the strategy and progress of American Promise. Listen to the episode here.
In the interview, Jeff said “most Americans agree there’s way, way…
This session from the National Citizen Leadership Conference features American Promise President Jeff Clements in conversation with Deval Patrick, who has served as Governor of Massachusetts, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, and leader with businesses including Texaco, Coca-Cola & Bain Capital. During their conversation, Governor Patrick shared insights from his remarkable American journey and his philosophy of generational responsibility: As Americans, “we all have a stake in each other’s dreams.”
By Chris McDonald, American Promise Empowerment Coordinator
American Promise chapters across the country have returned to in-person events with tremendous success and enthusiasm. Over the past month, American Promise volunteers and supporters fanned out at county fairs and farmers markets, engaging Americans on the need for our Constitutional Amendment while enlisting broad, cross-partisan support along the way. Even our very own CEO & President, Jeff Clements, grabbed a clipboard and made his way to Lewiston to join the Stand with Maine chapter for a fun and productive day of tabling and advocacy.
By Pete DuFour, CEO of DuFour Tax Group & Stand with Maine Chapter Member
In the most recent election cycle, Mainers were inundated with campaign ads funded by shadowy sources from across the country and the political spectrum. These ads were characterized by negativity and dishonesty. The spending behind the ads made the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Maine the most expensive election in our state’s history. Combined, the candidates’ campaigns and outside groups spent more than $218 million.
There are many reasons I am a proud Maine small business owner. According to the Small Business Association, small businesses owners…
American Promise New Jersey hosted Representative Andy Kim (NJ-03) for a discussion about unlimited political spending and political representation. During the conversation, Rep. Kim emphasized the corrosive nature of dark money and the need for elected officials to represent their constituents, not big money.
Below are some highlights from the conversation with timestamps for easy access:
0:00—Rep. Kim discusses his concerns regarding our democracy and why unlimited political spending is bad for the political system.
9:27—Rep. Kim talks about the transactional relationship between big money donors and elected officials that our campaign finance system has created.
13:58—Big money stops…
By Corinne Noonan, American Promise Leadership Gifts Officer
A few weeks ago, the ocean was on fire. It was a catastrophe that followed a month of record-high temperatures during which the Pacific Northwest baked and millions of Americans faced dangerous living and working conditions. As Westerners flocked to cooling centers, the dry, intensely hot climate created the perfect environment for wildfires. In Oregon, the Bootleg Fire is currently ravaging thousands of acres of land, with no sign of stopping soon. …
By Jacob Brown, American Promise Development Coordinator
As we reflect on Independence Day, I hope to give you yet another reason to support our proposed amendment: national security. If you attended our National Citizen Leadership Conference this year, you may have attended a panel about this topic moderated by our own Deputy Political Director, Alan LaPolice. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, and recent conversations at American Promise, I want to take this opportunity to dive a little deeper.
Let’s start with something we all know: Election security is national security. Elections…
Since the 2010 Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision, corporations have become dominant political actors by donating billions of dollars to candidates and causes, influencing legislative agendas, and perpetuating a cycle of pay-to-play politics that favors their interests rather than those of regular Americans.
Not all business leaders, however, favor this system. Increasingly, business leaders who see the harm that pay-to-play does to American democracy — and its threat to our nation’s future — are calling for the business community to get behind the 28th Amendment and other campaign finance reforms.