Currently Active Article V Movements
The following list contains all Article V campaigns that have at least one state legislature supporting their effort and are currently active.
Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
Web site: http://www.bba4usa.org/
David Biddulph – E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 193, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170
Bill Fruth – E-Mail: email@example.com
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 about 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sample US Term Limits Article V Application
Web site: www.wolf-pac.com
Cenk Uyger, Founder
Alison Hartson, National Director alison@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.”
Model Legislation (as proposed in Maryland):
Sample Wolf-PAC “Right to Vote” Article V Application
A Wolf-PAC related group:
This new organization seems to have assumed the role of primary promoter of the “Fair and Free Elections” (anti-Supreme Court Citizens United decision) movement. This group was founded by Jeff Clements, the former Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts,
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