Article V of the U.S. Constitution says a new convention can be called if two-thirds of the states (34) call for one. Now, wealthy special interests are just 5 states short of reaching their goal. And if they succeed, it could give unelected, unaccountable delegates free rein to rewrite our entire Constitution however they like.
That is the danger of an Article V Convention. If 34 states sign on, there are no rules that govern how a convention would proceed, and no way to limit its scope. Our civil liberties, constitutional rights, and recent Supreme Court decisions could be on the chopping block, including the right to vote, marriage equality, free speech, healthcare access, and immigration.
That’s why we can’t let them take another step forward.
Common Cause state organizations have led the defense against this shadowy effort to rewrite our Constitution for years — and we’ve learned how to work with lawmakers, Democratic and Republican alike, to effectively fight back. Just last year, we stopped Nebraska’s legislature from calling for a convention, while helping to rescind Delaware’s resolution of support.
But this year, it’s clear these wealthy special interests and corporate lobbyists, including ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), want to take their Article V efforts over the top — so we need to step up our state-by-state efforts into overdrive.
There’s no group better-equipped than Common Cause to win this fight, Our grassroots power serves as the ultimate check against these extremists — and any state lawmaker who tries to push through an Article V convention knows they’ll hear from our 700,000 members.
Thanks for all you do,
Karen Hobert Flynn, President
and the team at Common Cause
P.S. If you want to get more involved to stop or roll back calls for a constitutional convention in your state, email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we’ll connect you with Common Cause staff and activists near you.
P.P.S. If you’d like to learn more, read our report The Dangerous Path
for more about how an Article V convention threatens our democracy.