Garrett backs amendment
Janet Garrett, congressional candidate in Ohio’s fourth district, has strong reasons to oppose corporate spending in elections and governing. According to an article in The Advertiser-Tribune, as a schoolteacher, she experienced the impact of the standardized “testing industry” that led to rewards for private corporations at the expense of student learning.
Garrett supports reform and the American Promise movement for a 28th amendment to the U. S. Constitution to get unlimited and hidden money out of elections and governing. Her promise to end financial corruption in Washington, D.C., distinguishes her as a candidate in the fourth district.
Most Americans also feel strongly about this issue. A recent survey on democracy found that 77 percent agreed “the laws enacted by our national government these days mostly reflect what powerful special interests and their lobbyists want.” In a political system overpowered by money, most people feel unrepresented and powerless to effect change.
The American Promise Ohio group asked the two candidates for Ohio’s fourth House district to support a 28th amendment to secure fair elections by limiting the influence of money, to promote the rights of all Americans rather than overrepresentation of donors, and to protect the liberty of people rather than new privileges for corporations and special interests.
Garrett agreed to promote a 28th amendment as a member of Congress when she is elected. She said, “Big money and special interests corrupt decision making in Washington. I will proudly support initiatives, including a constitutional amendment that will get dark money out of our politics once and for all and give power back to the people.”
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan would not schedule a meeting nor respond to phone calls and emails to discuss American Promise and the extent to which money influences his election campaign.
Across the country, 19 state legislatures and nearly 800 cities have passed 28th amendment resolutions with cross-partisan support. There currently are several U. S. House resolutions for a 28th amendment in committee. American Promise volunteers are working toward electing officials, Republican and Democrat, who will support these resolutions.
We know where Garrett stands on this issue: clearly on the side of reform. Ask all candidates on your ballot, “Will you support a 28th Amendment to put an end to the influence of money?” And then when you vote Nov. 6, remember Garrett will work for us in Congress for reform.