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Vermont leads the charge to get money out of politics

Vermont became the first state to call for a convention Friday that seeks to amend the U.S. Constitution by passing JRS 27 in a vote of 95-43. This 28th amendment would reverse the Supreme Court's Citizen's decision which precipitates a flood of cash into politics.

Mike Monetta, organizing director for Wolf PAC, a political action committee to end all political action committees as described by Monetta, said: "“We exist for only one purpose and that’s to get a 28th amendment to get all money out of politics," after a marathon session in the House gallery.

“(Cenk Uygur, founder of Wolf PAC) has this thing where in almost every story he keeps coming back to ‘whoever has more money wins,’” Monetta said. “But he didn’t want to just be negative, he wanted there to be a way to fix it.”

Lawmakers have raised concerns about the scope of the convention could not be limited, asserting that states could bring forward their own amendments for discussion, such as outlawing abortion, that the majority would not agree with.

The enthusiasm for this first victory on the road to true change in America remains unwavered by these concerns.

“I see this resolution as an opportunity to kick-start a movement that I hope will spread throughout the country and let people become aware of the real problems we have with the influence of money on elections and on our public policy,” said Rep. Mike Yantachka, D-Charlotte.

It would take 34 states to trigger a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution and 38 to approve the amendment. Currently, 10 states are considering similar resolutions, with Vermont leading the charge forward according to Monetta.

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