Background

Because the Supreme Court is the final authority on what our Constitution permits, Americans who favor limits on big money in politics must wait for a change in the court or work for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United, McCutcheon and other major cases on campaign finance.

The Constitution has been amended only 27 times in our history; the process isn’t easy and given the importance of the Constitution, it shouldn’t be. An amendment must be passed by a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress or by a constitutional convention convened by two-thirds of the states. The convention process has never been used.

To take effect, an amendment passed by Congress or a constitutional convention must then be ratified by the votes of three-fourths of our state legislatures – 38 states. 

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