No, if it is a campaign promise. Those are political actions made outside the actual governance of the jurisdiction -- the only way elected officials can be made accountable for this is at the ballot box. If a promise gets written into a law, however, it may be possible that the jurisdiction could be sued if it failed to uphold the law. Those are difficult to prove, however.
When a government could be sued for failing to deliver on a promise, though, is when it enters a contractual relationship and fails to perform. This could be financial assistance on a development project, for example, to a pension program. Because it is contractual agreement, the "promise" is in black and white and often so is the remedy.
Like other types of "promises," get it in writing.
Honestly I really don't think so. But even if we could, a mere citizen would have absolutely no way in winning. A citizen does not have that type of money to go against the big wigs attorneys. As you should know, they have the best and they cost the most. It's so not worth it.
Technically if someone lies to you and that causes you monetary damages I would suppose with the right amount of $ for lawyers say 50 million $ worth you might have a case. It would be better to look into joint action, then everyone can sign and say they were personally attacked, if enough people say it then force it to go to trial and if the jury votes in your favor you win!
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There are two kinds of promise. 1. The naked promise and 2. the promise based on specific performance. Naked promise is not enforceable. (I am going to give you a million dollars) Specific performance is enforceable. If it is over $1000 or 1 year in duration it has to be in writing. That kind of promise is the If--then promise. (If you do this then I will give you a million bucks). You file a tort.(claim for payment demand) when no payment comes then you can go to court (If you have their permission to do so).