(AP Council Is In Formation)

The American Promise Advisory Council is guided by a roundtable of Americans from all walks of life, who represent perspectives from a variety of political, economic, ethnic or demographic interests. Yet they all cherish the same ideal — the return of our democracy to our people and the renewal of the American Promise.



Doris Kearns Goodwin. Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Concord, Massachusetts

“Five years after Citizens United, it is time to accept the historical gravity of our situation. It is time for Americans of all political viewpoints to come together to win the 28th Amendment — and to renew U.S. democracy again.”



Donnel Baird, Entrepreneur, Founder BlocPower

New York, NY

“We need to strengthen our democracy if we want good jobs with good wages, energy sources that are renewable and affordable, and strong, resilient communities. That means we need to win the 28th Amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore equal citizenship and liberty for all.”


Jim Leach, Fmr. Congressman (R-Iowa); fmr. Chair of the National Endowment For the Humanities

Iowa City, Iowa

“Citizens United has genetically altered our democratic DNA, pushing American politics in an oligarchic, corporatist direction. The Constitution begins “We the people” not “We the corporations.”



James Nelson, Justice, Montana Supreme Court (Ret).

Helena, Montana

“The original framers were highly distrustful of the power of corporations. I suspect that the framers would be appalled at Citizens United. We the People – each of us – are only the most recent generation of Americans who have been called upon to defend the framers’ vision of a Constitutional government Of the People, By the People, and For the People. That responsibility is now ours.”



Judy Wicks, Entrepreneur, Author

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Throughout American history, it has been the vigilance of the people denied their rights that our country has kept our democratic values. This fight is no different and it involves the rights of every citizen. The current Supreme Court has hurled our nation straight into a plutocracy – a government ruled by the wealthy – and as history has shown us, it’s up to “We the People” to stamp big money out of politics.”



Matt Patsky, CEO, Trillium Asset Management

Boston, Massachusetts

“It did not take 20 years in private industry for me to learn that corporations are not people. This is not to say that people are good and corporations are bad; they are just different. We, the people of Massachusetts, are ready for Congress to propose, and send to the states for ratification, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will negate Citizens United and restore the democratic process for all Americans.”


Alan Simpson, Fmr. United States Senator (R-Wyoming)

Laramie, Wyoming

“People across the nation, regardless of their political affiliation, are making clear that corporations or unions should not be able to spend internal funds to influence elections. I urge you to support the call for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution that restores that fundamental promise of our Republic: government of, by, and for the people.”



Mike Dukakis, Fmr. Governor of Massachusetts; Democratic Nominee for President

Boston, Massachusetts

“Where in the Constitution does it say that money is speech? The new “right” of the few to spend unlimited money in our elections imperils our democracy and all of our rights as equal citizens. Americans must come together to win the 28th Amendment to overturn Citizens United and renew the promise of America.” 


Kahlil Byrd, CEO, FPPCO; entrepreneur; leader of cross-partisan initiatives such as Americans Elect

New York, NY

“We are entering the most important era of reform in decades. Americans are far ahead of our leaders in embracing the need for change right now. Building support for the 28th Amendment through American Promise is giving regular people a focused and real vehicle to reduce the influence of the corporate and union money that is driving so much of our political system.”



Rev. Katharine Henderson, Auburn Theological Seminary

New York, NY

“The time for hand wringing and anxious complaints is long past. Just as the prophets cried out, it is time for us to support campaign finance overhaul. To that end, ministers, rabbis and nuns, priests, imams, and theologians across the U.S. are joining forces, calling out the dangers of unchecked money in our elections and advocating for large-scale reform.”


Ella McGrail, NH Rebellion Student Leader

Portsmouth, NH

“Our country is still waging its long war against inequality in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, faith, and financial status. Milestones of our progress on these struggles can be seen in the amendments we've made over time to our Constitution. At this moment in history, I think the best step we can take towards a more perfect union is creating an amendment that will put a stop to the corrupting influence of money in politics. Once the money in your wallet no longer has an effect on how well your government represents you, we will have taken another great step towards equality.”



Joe Kearns Goodwin, US Army Veteran (Iraq, Afghanistan); businessperson; Executive Director, National Service Now

Boston, MA

“American Promise is about our equal rights and our equal responsibilities. As citizens, we should be expected to do more than pay taxes and obey the law. All Americans should be given the opportunity to serve so that we learn to move past personal differences to achieve a higher common goal. I’m glad to join Americans who are answering the call to work together to defend democracy against the corruption of concentrated money and power.”


Bob Monks, Business executive, author.

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

“If Americans are determined to keep our republic, we have a lot of work to do. We need to join and support the broad-based, non-partisan movement for a constitutional amendment to correct the Supreme Court’s disastrous mistake in Citizens United, and to enable sweeping campaign finance and lobbying reform.”