SHERIDAN — Volunteers for Wyoming Promise were recognized last month for their citizen leadership and for their efforts to get a citizen initiative on the ballot in Wyoming. Wyoming Promise received the Citizen Leadership Award from American Promise, a national organization leading the charge for a 28th Amendment to help set reasonable spending limits in our political elections.
Representatives of Wyoming Promise met with Wyoming’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., in June to persuade the delegation to support a 28th Amendment that would reverse the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Wyoming Promise Chair Ken Chestek of Laramie, Vice-Chair Lynn Horton Morrison and petition circulator Rod Morrison of Powell urged the delegation to agree that excessive money in politics is a problem that needs to be solved and asked them to commit themselves to working on solving the problem with an amendment.
“We had a good exchange of information and feel we may have influenced some members of the delegation to consider supporting the movement,” Chestek said in a press release.
At the meeting, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso reported that he has been frequently asked about money in politics while campaigning throughout Wyoming this season.
The Wyoming Promise group feels that the Citizens United decision handed down in 2010 has virtually dismantled campaign finance reform passed in 2003 and has granted corporations, unions and Super PACs the same rights and protections as individual citizens when it comes to campaign finance.
Wyoming Promise seeks to make Wyoming the 20th state to call for a 28th Amendment defining that corporations and other entities are not people, that money is not speech and to reverse the Citizens United decision. A petition drive to gather 39,000 signatures is well underway in Wyoming. Signatures must be submitted to the Secretary of State by the first week of November in order to get the initiative on the 2020 ballot.