Hello, and thanks to those of you who were able to join our statewide volunteer call last night. We hope that you are all staying well in these challenging times. If you were unable to make the call, you can find an AUDIO VERSION OF THE CALL HERE.

The Wyoming Legislature will next meet in general session in January, 2021. Wyoming Promise will make a big push in that session to get Wyoming on the list of states calling for the 28th Amendment to get money out of politics.
To make this effort more of a reality, we want to make a push to:

  1. Get city governments, county commissioners, local civic organizations and non-profit agencies to adopt resolutions in support of our Free and Fair Elections initiative.
  2. Contact candidates for state legislature to solicit their support for our work, so that we will have a receptive audience next January.
  3. Write letters to the editor or take other actions to get this issue back in the public eye (a critically important task in this election year).

We discussed all of these things in our call. In addition, some of our volunteers were able to join an American Promise call on just these issues, and they have shared THAT CALL WITH US HERE.

In addition, there are some upcoming opportunities and resources shared from our great Sheridan and Lander teams – Thanks to many, but especially Kris Korfanta, Barbara Chase, and Margie Farias for letting us know of these opportunities. Shared from an email.

  1. Money in Politics class–Register in advance for this Zoom meeting

    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvdeyrpzkjGN0ExTv8eUWk9mW_y3tDbV41

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Who: Led by Sarah Bryner from the Center for Responsive Politics (which runs OpenSecrets)

    Description: Learn about money in politics post-Citizens United, including…
    – Teasing apart Corporate-, Outside-, PAC-, Dark-, etc.- Money
    – Who the big spenders are and how that’s changed over time
    …and walk through a hands-on demo in how to use OpenSecrets to figure out where your federal candidates get their money and how they compare to others.

  2. Wisconsin United to Amend resource: https://wiuta.org/ their resources are great—here are the link to the handbooks with all kinds of good info: https://wiuta.org/resources/city-village-handbook/

    https://wiuta.org/resources/town-county-handbook/

If you know of a local group that would be receptive to passing a resolution in favor of an amendment to get money out of politics, we want to hear from you! Please respond to this email so we can hear your ideas and keep in touch.

Finally, if you know anyone who is skilled in web design, we are certainly looking for more volunteers to assist us on that end of things so send us contact information for anyone who may want to volunteer.

Please feel free to forward this email to any and all you know may be interested in helping to advocate for our efforts. Thanks so much for your dedication and interest on the issue that affects every other issue we face as a nation, and feel free to keep in touch if you have any questions moving forward.

Ken Chestek, Wyoming Promise President
Shelby Shadwell, Wyoming Promise Treasurer