The Pledge

The Pledge


Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania fights for our shared Pennsylvania values, regardless of party affiliation. That’s because all of our actions revolve around The Pledge: 11 simple commitments inspired by the Pennsylvania State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. When a Pennsylvania lawmaker signs The Pledge, they promise to uphold the following:

How was The Pledge created?

The Pledge is inspired by the Pennsylvania State Constitution’s “Declaration of Rights” and the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, because these two documents outline the set of rules and values which all Pennsylvania citizens have agreed to live by. These 11 commitments set a reasonable, fair and clear standard by which Pennsylvanians can judge their elected officials.

How do I know if my lawmaker has signed The Pledge?

Our Citizen Pledge Champions receive real time updates on pledge signers and whether their lawmaker voted to uphold their commitments. Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania asks all 203 Pennsylvania state representatives and 50 state senators to sign The Pledge.

What happens when a lawmaker signs The Pledge?

Lawmakers who honor the Pledge receive intense in-district support, including:

  • Digital and print advertising
  • Thank you notes, emails and phone calls
  • Townhall opportunities
  • Realtime legislative alerts to constituents 

What happens when a lawmaker betrays or ignores The Pledge?

Lawmakers who betray the Pledge or refuse to sign altogether receive intense in-district criticism, including:

  • Digital and print advertising
  • Letter, email, text and phone call campaigns
  • Realtime legislative alerts to constituents

How does CAP score lawmakers?

CAP uses a simple “stoplight” rating system to score lawmaker behavior.

Regardless of a lawmaker’s standing, CAP may engage in targeted educational messaging to constituents in their districts on specific issues and legislation.

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