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On Friday, May 2, 2014, in an effort to reverse Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United and McCutcheon v. FEC, Vermont became the first state to pass legislation aimed at changing campaign finance laws, and getting money out of politics.

*There are two ways to overturn a Supreme Court Decision:

(1) Go through our federal government  (2) Go through our State Legislators via an amendments convention of the states. We officially have our first state. Vermont's JRS 27 resolution passed in the House, 95-43.

“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

We can thank TYT's Cenk Uygur, who is also founder of Wolf PAC for helping to make this happen. Mike Monetta, organizing director for Wolf PAC, was in the House Gallery attendance Friday and had this to say about Wolf PAC:

“We exist for only one purpose and that’s to get a 28th amendment to get all money out of politics,” he explained. "(Uygur) 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.”

Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington cheers:

“I think it’s an important resolution,” Sears said. “Congress isn’t going to act, and we’ve got to do something to get this country back under control.”

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Here is JRS 27 (As it appears in the PDF)
Montpelier, Vermont
State of Vermont
Senate Chamber
Joint Senate Resolution

By Senators Lyons, Ashe, Baruth, Cummings, Fox, Hartwell, Pollina and Rodgers

JRS 27

Joint resolution relating to an application of the General Assembly for Congress to call a convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Whereas, it was the stated intention of the framers of the Constitution of the United States of America that the Congress of the United States of America should be “dependent on the people alone” (James Madison or Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 52), and

Whereas, that dependency has evolved from a dependency on the people alone to a dependency on those who spend excessively in elections through campaigns or third-party groups, and

Whereas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 130 S.Ct. 876 (2010), removed restrictions on amounts of independent political spending, and

Whereas, the removal of those restrictions has resulted in the corrupting influence of powerful economic forces, which have supplanted the will of the people by undermining our ability to choose our political leadership, write our own laws, and determine the fate of our State, and

Whereas, the State of Vermont believes that a convention called pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution should be convened to consider amendments to that Constitution to limit the corrupting influence of money in our political system and desires that said convention should be so limited, and

Whereas, the Congress of the United States has failed to propose, pursuant to Article V of the Constitution, amendments that would adequately address the concerns of Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly, pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution, hereby petitions the U.S. Congress to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, and be it further

Resolved: That not intending to condition this petition, Vermont requests that its specific concerns notwithstanding, the agenda of the convention be limited to those matters enumerated by at least 10 of the states calling for the convention, and be it further

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly, pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution, hereby petitions the U.S. Congress to call a convention for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America that would limit the corrupting influence of money in our electoral process, including, inter alia, by overturning the Citizens United decision, and be it further

Resolved: That this petition shall not be considered by the U.S. Congress until 33 other states submit petitions for the same purpose as proposed by Vermont in this resolution and unless the Congress determines that the scope of amendments to the Constitution of the United States considered by the convention shall be limited to the same purpose requested by Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vice President of the United States; the President Pro Tempore and the Secretary of the Senate of the United States; the Speaker and Clerk of the House of Representatives of the United States; the Archivist of the United States; and the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

VT LEG #290000 v.1

Congratulations, Vermont, and thank you to Wolf PAC and all those in support of JRS 27 and reclaiming our democracy. We're on our way.

To learn more about Wolf PAC and sign their petition, click here.

Special thanks to U.S. UnCut on Facebook

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*Edited - Originally written as: There are only 2 ways to overturn a Supreme Court decision: There needs to be an amendment made in the Constitution, or 34 states need to join together to form a convention.

List of Overruled Supreme Court Decisions

Originally posted to Leslie Salzillo on Fri May 02, 2014 at 08:31 PM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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