It all started on May 8th, 1957 when Indiana passed the first Article V application calling for a convention to propose a balanced budget amendment. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s however that the campaign really got started when the National Taxpayers Union and the National Tax Limitation Committee joined the effort.
With Ronald Reagan as its greatest national proponent, the campaign reached its zenith in 1983 when Missouri became the 32nd state pass an application. The campaign moved on to Ohio and Michigan where it failed due to the scheming of Liberal Speaker of the U.S. House, Tip O’Neil, who organized leftist groups to sabotage it by spreading the runaway-convention myth.
Ronald Reagan continued to publicly support the campaign, even mentioning it during his 1984 State of the Union address. Unfortunately, the run-away convention myth had spooked the rest of the states away from the campaign. When Reagan laid down the mantle in 1989, the campaign stood at 32 states.
That’s when the tin-foil hat crowd at the John Birch Society (JBS) took up the attack for the far-left as the main purveyors of the run-away convention myth. From 1988 to 2010, they duped 16 states into rescinding their applications, leaving only 16 of the original 32 intact.
In 2010, the BBA Task Force picked up where Reagan left off, with 13 new applications: Alabama (2011), New Hampshire (2012), Ohio (2013), Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan & Louisiana (2014), South Dakota, North Dakota & Utah (2015) and Oklahoma, West Virginia (2016).