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Area lawmaker wants constitutional amendment protecting election integrity

A local lawmaker supported a bill that would have added Connecticut to the list of states calling for a Constitutional Convention. 


Bethel Representative Dan Carter says the General Assembly took up legislation that would have addressed concerns related to campaign financing.  He says corporations, labor unions and PACs should not be able to give money.


There's 27 states, with Connecticut making 28, on board with making this part of a balanced budget amendment.  Carter says when a Constitutional Convention is held, there's nothing written in stone that there is a limit to what can be brought up.


The United States Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission in 2010 removed restrictions on amounts of independent political spending.  Some state lawmakers say removing these restrictions has resulted in the unjust influence of powerful economic forces, undermining the people's ability to choose political leadership.


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Todd Schnitt

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