Looks like North Carolina lawmakers from both the left and right want to see a reconvening of a Constitutional Convention of the States – but for very different reasons, as you’d imagine.
For those in need of a U.S. history refresher, the Convention of the States last met in 1787 and the Constitution has language to reconvene the group to amend the Constitution if enough states are on board.
Several Democratic ( and one Republican) state lawmakers filed a resolution today that would seek a reconvening of the long-dormant constitutional convention to plug the floodgates of campaign money from corporations that have flowed into elections since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. (Hat tip to @CarolinaMercury for first reporting on the resolution. )
You may recall we reported in late May about a similar resolution by a group of Republican House members also interested in resurrecting this group, but in order to limit the federal government’s spending.
The anti-Citizens United resolution introduced today was sponsored by state Rep. Marcus Brandon, Nathan Baskerville and Marvin Lucas, all Democrats, as well as state Rep. Robert Brawley, a Mooresville Republican who made waves earlier this session when he left the Republican caucus over a split with leadership.
“The removal of those [campaign finance] restriction has resulted in the unjust 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,” the resolution states.
It remains unseen if either resolution will go anywhere during this year’s short (and fast-moving) legislative session.
Below is a copy of the resolution, and then scroll down even further watch video of N.C Policy Watch director Chris Fitzsimon’s recent appearance on MSNBC about the federal spending resolution.
Fitzsimon on Al Sharpton’s PoliticsNation: