Vermont looks to take lead on campaign amendment

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MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont appears to be taking the lead nationally in a long-shot bid to amend the U.S. Constitution to reduce the influence of money in politics.

The Legislature last month became the first in the country to pass a resolution calling for a constitutional convention to draft a campaign finance amendment.

Backers say the aim is to reverse the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions lifting restrictions on campaign fundraising and donations.

Both of Vermont's U.S. senators are supporting a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has called a hearing for June 3 to look at a campaign finance amendment offered by Sen. Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat.


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