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/
Bill Fruth – E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sample BBA Application Resolution
Sample Resolution for Selection of Article V Convention Commissioners
Let Us Vote for a BBA
Web site: www.LetUsVoteForBBA.org
David Biddulph –E-Mail: DavidBiddulph@LetUsVoteForBBA.org
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
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 CoSP Application Resolution
Compact for America
Web site: www.compactforamerica.org
Thomas C. Patterson, MD, Board Chairman – E-Mail: email@example.com
Chip DeMoss – E-Mail: Chip.DeMoss@CompactforAmerica.org
Georgia State Rep. Paulette Rakestraw – E-Mail:
Chair of the Compact for a Balanced Budget Commission ,
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
Charles Kacprowicz – E-Mail: Director@citizeninitiatives.org
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
S. “Spider” Webb, Jr. – E-Mail:SpiderW@SingleSubjectAmendment.com
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.
Sample Single Subject Amendment Resolution as adopted in Florida
US Term Limits
Web site: www.TermLimits.org
Howard Rich, Chairman
Philip Blumel, President – E-Mail: PBlumel@termlimits.com
Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director – E-Mail: NTomboulides@termlimits.org
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.
Sample US Term Limits Article V Application
Web site: www.wolf-pac.com
Cenk Uyger, Founder
Mike Monetta, National Director mike@wolf-PAC.com
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:
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.
33 Bradford Street, Concord, MA 01742
The Act 2 Reforms
Web site: www.Act2Blueprint.org
Frank & Carol Kenney, Founders – E-Mail: FWKeeney@gmail.com
Jan Cook, Executive Director – E-Mail: JanCookAct2Reforms@gmail.com
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:
Sample Resolution for the Selection of Article V Convention Commissioners:
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