Currently Active Article V Movements

The following list contains all Article V campaigns that are currently active.

 

Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force

Web site:  http://www.bba4usa.org/
Primary Leader:

Bill Fruth – E-Mail:  fruth@policom.com
Phone: 772-781-5559
Mailing Address: 2740 SW Martin Downs Blvd. #279, Palm City, FL 34990

Objective: This organization was formed in 2010 to resume the Reagan-era effort to use Article V to propose a balanced budget amendment.  When the group started it counted 16 remaining active state applications for a BBA-focused convention of states.  While the number keeps changing, the group currently counts 28 such applications. On November 7, 2017 Wisconsin joined the ranks of states calling for a BBA-focused Article V convention. The BBA Task Force is a small under-funded, but vigorous group.
Model Resolutions:
Sample BBA Application Resolution
Sample Resolution for Selection of Article V Convention Commissioners

Let Us Vote for a BBA

Web site: www.LetUsVoteForBBA.org
Primary Leader:

David Biddulph –E-Mail: DavidBiddulph@LetUsVoteForBBA.org
Phone: 386-423-4744
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 193, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170

Objectives: This organization, formed in May 2018 seeks to get Congress (a) to count existing state applications for an Article V convention to propose Constitutional amendments and to call such a convention; (b) get Congress to declare that no amendment proposal outside the scope of the subject(s) specified in state applications which triggered the convention will be forwarded to the states for ratification; and (c) adopt the principle that if an amendment is proposed by an Article V convention of states, it will submitted to states for ratification by a vote of the people through the state convention process.

Convention of States Project

Web site:  www.conventionofstates.com
Primary Leaders:

Mark Meckler – E-Mail:  mmeckler@selfgovern.com
Rita Dunaway – E-Mail:  rdunaway@cosaction.com
Phone:  540-830-1229
2379 Massanetta Road, Harrisonburg, VA  22801

Objective:  The Convention of States Project is affiliated with Citizens for Self-Governance, a grassroots organization that seeks a multi-subject Article V convention.  Their focus is on: imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government; limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government; and limiting the terms of office for its officials and members of Congress.  As of June 2017, twelve states had adopted the CoSP application.  This is one of the better-funded Article V efforts.
Sample Resolution:
Sample CoSP Application Resolution

Compact for America

Web site:  www.compactforamerica.org
Primary Leaders:

Thomas C. Patterson, MD, Board Chairman – E-Mail:  pattersontomc@cox.net
Phone: 602-300-4783
Chip DeMoss – E-Mail:  Chip.DeMoss@CompactforAmerica.org
Phone:  281-235-8311
Georgia State Rep. Paulette Rakestraw  – E-Mail:
paulette.rakestraw@balancedbudgetcompact.org
Chair of the Compact for a Balanced Budget Commission ,
Phone:   770-294-1039

Objective:  Compact for America is focused on getting a pre-written balanced budget amendment into the Constitution through use of legislative agreements to enter into a compact of 38 states.  As of April 2017 five states had joined the CfA compact.
Related Model Legislation:
Compact for a Balanced Budget Model Legislation
Related Policy Briefs:
CFA Policy Brief 2
CFA Policy Brief 4
CFA Policy Brief 7
CFA Policy Brief 9
CFA Policy Brief 11

Citizen Initiatives /Countermand Amendment

Web site:  http://countermands.us
Primary Leader:

Charles Kacprowicz – E-Mail: Director@citizeninitiatives.org
Phone:  828-783-0599
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 523 Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Objective:  The Countermand Amendment is designed to give states the authority to rescind federal laws and rulings that state leaders believe encroach on states’ rights.  Operating under the name Citizen Initiatives, the group also has its own suggested Delegate Instruction bill.
Related Model Legislation:
Sample Application for the Countermand Amendment
Sample of Text for a Countermand Amendment Application
Sample Countermand Amendment Delegate Resolution

Single Subject Amendment

Web site: www.SingleSubjectAmendment.com
Primary Leader:

S. “Spider” Webb, Jr. – E-Mail:SpiderW@SingleSubjectAmendment.com
Phone:  850-694-2607

Objective:  This group is seeking a Constitutional amendment that would provide that a law cannot be enacted by Congress unless it pertains to only one subject.  If adopted, the amendment would prohibit “riders”, “earmarks” and “pork barrel spending” that are not related to the subject of the bill.
Model Resolution:
Sample Single Subject Amendment Resolution  as adopted in Florida

US Term Limits

Web site:   www.TermLimits.org
Primary Leaders:

Howard Rich, Chairman
Philip Blumel, President – E-Mail:   PBlumel@termlimits.com
Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director – E-Mail:  NTomboulides@termlimits.org
Phone:  202-261-3532
Mailing Address: 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, #200, Washington, DC 20036

Objective:  This organization has been very successful in enacting term limit amendments into state constitutions.  It is now focusing on the use of Article V to enact term limits on members of the U.S. Congress.  A Rasmussen poll from November 2016 showed that 74 percent of Americans are behind the idea, while only 13 percent oppose. As of February 2018 two states (FL and AL) have adopted the Term Limits Article V application.
Model Resolution:
Sample US Term Limits Article V Application

Wolf-PAC

Web site:  www.wolf-pac.com
Primary Leaders:

Cenk Uyger, Founder
Mike Monetta, National Director   mike@wolf-PAC.com
Phone: 603-812-8173

Objective:  Begun in 2011, this group often refers to itself as the “free and fair elections” or “election financing reform” movement.  They seek to use Article V to overturn the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision… a decision they say “has resulted in the unjust influence of powerful economic forces, which have supplanted the will of the people by undermining our ability to choose political leadership, write our own laws and determine the fate of our state.” As of February 2018 five states (CA, IL, NJ, RI and VT) have adopted the Wolf-PAC Article V application.
Model Legislation (as proposed in Maryland):
Sample Wolf-PAC “Right to Vote” Article V Application

A Wolf-PAC related group: 

American Promise

This new organization describes itself as a partner with Wolf-PAC with a friendly working relationship.  American Promise is not necessarily pursuing an Article V Convention to propose amendments.  The organization says it has been agnostic on this point, and is pursuing an all-of-the-above approach to the “Fair and Free Elections” (anti-Supreme Court Citizens United decision) amendment.  American Promise was founded by Jeff Clements, the former Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts.

http://www.americanpromise.net/
https://www.commondreams.org/organization/american-promise
33 Bradford Street, Concord, MA 01742
978-254-6275

Jeff Clements, President    JClements@AmericanPromise.net
Ben A. Gubits, Associate Director     beng@americanpromise.net

The Act 2 Reforms

Web site: www.Act2Blueprint.org
Primary Leaders:

Frank & Carol Kenney, Founders – E-Mail: FWKeeney@gmail.com
Jan Cook, Executive Director – E-Mail: JanCookAct2Reforms@gmail.com
Phone: 303-217-0990
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 151145, Lakewood, Colorado 80215

Objectives: Conceived in the early 2000s, this organization was activated in May of 2018. Act 2 is a non-partisan, not-for-profit that is “taking a big picture, common sense approach” to solve the Washington, D.C. dysfunction and waste. Their constitutional
amendments are described as “simple in concept, yet profound in impact”: (a) enforce the rule of law on all federal employees (b) to give Congress a quick tool to block new regulations, (c) to force Congress to include all claims on the federal purse in the budget, (d) to apply term limits to Congress and the judiciary, and (e) to sharply
reduce the power of money in Washington.

Brief video introduction:
https://www.facebook.com/act2inc/videos/1205683622902185/

Sample Resolution for the Selection of Article V Convention Commissioners:
https://www.act2blueprint.org/article-v-material

Related –

The following publication was prepared by Indiana Senate President David Long as an overview of the entire Article V process, and includes the Delegate Limitation Act his state adopted.
Amending the U.S. Constitution By State-Led Convention: Indiana’s Model Legislation – by Indiana Senate President David Long