Issaquah, WA: Robert Hunziker, Democratic primary candidate for Washington’s 8th Congressional district, has signed the American Promise pledge to end the influence of big money and special interests in campaigns and elections. Robert pledges, if elected, to use his office to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to “secure fair, free elections by limiting the undue influence of money in politics; protect the rights of all Americans to equal participation and representation rather than the over representation of donors and special interests; and protect the unalienable liberty of people rather than new privileges for the largest corporations, unions, and special interests.”
Robert has also signed multiple other contracts, which legally bind him to pursue aggressive campaign finance goals, legislator accountability, and truly progressive policies. His campaign is 100% small-donor funded, and he has not accepted (and will never take) corporate donations or PAC/superPAC money. Robert intends to fight the uphill battle of running an efficient, exclusively grassroots campaign because he understands that no candidate who accepts money from corporations will ever truly represent the American people. Robert believes that an honest representative leads by example, and intends to uphold every guarantee he makes on the campaign trail with enthusiasm, especially those in regard to ending legalized bribery once and for all.
“Congress has worked for wealthy and powerful donors long enough; the American people are not being heard or represented. That’s why I won’t take a dime from them. The working people of our nation deserve better. It’s our turn.”
19 states and over 800 cities and towns have passed resolutions with support from Republicans, Democrats, and independents formally calling on Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to limit the influence of money in politics. In Montana, Colorado, California, and Washington, voters have approved similar resolutions through ballot initiatives. The American people have made their demands on this issue very clear. In fact, several versions of the amendment have already been proposed in Congress, with more than 40 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate and 150 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. We must not grow weary; the corporations who currently line the pockets of our politicians for special treatment will not yield power easily, which is why a Constitutional amendment is necessary. We must cement into history, in perpetuity, the right of We the People to govern ourselves, and there has never been a better time to push for change.
American Promise 28th Amendment Pledge Candidate & Elected Official FAQs
What’s the problem?
Big money in politics, public officials have sold us out͟, ͞the system is rigged against us.͟ The concentrated financial influence of special interests in our politics is the number one problem our nation faces, and the survival of American democracy is on the line if we choose not to act.
Why is a Constitutional amendment the solution?
An amendment is the way to rebuild the foundation of American democracy by allowing the American people to set common sense limits on political spending. Right now, we are prohibited from setting limits to outside money in our politics. The 28th Amendment is the first step to securing American democracy for people.
What does the amendment say and do?
The 28th Amendment will:
- Secure fair, free elections;
- Protect the rights of all Americans to equal participation and representation;
- Return to original liberties for people rather than new privileges for the largest corporations, unions, and special interests.
There are several versions currently introduced in Congress, and we are working to build consensus around the most effective version we can pass with our Writing the 28th Amendment project.
Who supports this?
Americans from across the political spectrum support the 28th Amendment. Polling and ballot measure results consistently show that liberal and conservative states and communities alike support the 28th Amendment. See more about cross-partisan support here.
How does an amendment get passed?
The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a convention of the states called by Congress upon request by two-thirds of the State legislatures. Once an Amendment is passed, it must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.
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