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It would be hard not to take notice when former Republican U.S. Senator Alan Simpson said "Money's dominance over politics is the number one problem our nation faces." Clearly not a partisan issue, however, former Democratic Wyoming Governor Mike Sullivan wrote, "This is something like being in front of a stampede. If we don't do something about it, we individuals will have no power or voice to be heard and will just get trampled."

The Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision in 2010, opened the floodgates to huge amounts of money from corporations, organizations, super PACS and unions, overwhelming the political system from national to local legislative elections. They refer to corporations as "associations of citizens" thus awarding them the same first amendment rights of free speech as individuals, but with no limit on amount of donations. Wyoming State Representative Mike Madden wrote "I thought it was an outrage that the Supreme Court can tell us that we can turn these elections over to whoever's got the most money."

Our Constitution gives the people a means to overturn rulings of the highest court in the land, through the process of Constitutional Amendment. American (and Wyoming) Promise is a grassroots citizens' initiative formed to overturn that decision, beginning through a petition process, with a 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

Passing a Constitutional amendment is a long and difficult process, but 19 states, including Montana and Colorado, have signed on. So please access www.wyomingpromise.com and join the team!

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MARY ELLEN McWILLIAMS, Sheridan

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