Editor:

This is an open letter to Sens. Enzi and Barrasso and Rep. Cheney.

In a poll taken in 2016, Rasmussen Reports found that 76 percent of Americans “believe the wealthiest individuals and companies have too much influence over elections,” while 80 percent “agree that wealthy special interest groups have too much power and influence over elections.” Bloomberg conducted a poll in 2015 that showed that 78 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of the controversial Citizens United v. F.E.C. decision.

Overwhelmingly, Americans agree strongly that money in politics is a very serious problem, and they are starting to take matters into their own hands by demanding an amendment to the United States Constitution declaring that corporations are not people, money is not speech and that the influence of big money in political campaigns must be curbed.

There are many bills currently pending in Congress that would propose a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to achieve what most Americans agree is needed. Senate Joint Resolution 8 and its accompanying version House Joint Resolution 31 are pending in the Judiciary Committees of each chamber. Likewise, House Joint Resolution 48 is pending before the House Judiciary Committee. Any of these bills would propose an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would effectively overturn the disastrous Citizens United case and allow for meaningful campaign finance reform.

This movement is also happening here among your constituents. Wyoming Promise, a grass-roots organization of Wyoming citizens, is sponsoring a citizens’ initiative, An Act to Promote Free and Fair Elections, which calls for a 28th Amendment. We are gathering signatures, seeking to get this measure on the ballot in the fall of 2018. Former Sen. Alan Simpson is among our strongest supporters.

We urge you, as our elected representatives, to (a) support any of the measures pending in Congress or begin work to introduce a new effective measure, to propose a 28th Amendment to overturn Citizens United, and (b) to publicly support the efforts of Wyoming Promise to get the Free and Fair Elections initiative on the ballot in November 2018.

Please visit our website at www.wyomingpromise.org for more information.

KENNETH D. CHESTEK, chair, Wyoming Promise

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