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Studies show that most people, regardless of political affiliation, agree that there is too much money influencing American politics. And it seems that when it comes to reversing that trend with campaign finance reform, our elected lawmakers have their hands tied — because of the influence money has on their discourse and voting. So, what can be done to remedy the problem?

The We the People Act, currently proposed in the state Legislature, is part of a national work-around to enact campaign-finance reform. If Congress is unwilling to pass such legislation, then it can be initiated with the support of two-thirds of the states through an Article V Amendment Convention. This strategy will bypass Congress and order a delegation to draft a constitutional amendment which will require ratification by two-thirds of the states to become law.

I would like to thank Senate Rules Chairman Mark Montigny and lead sponsor Sen. Jamie Eldridge for their leadership in getting this bill to a vote. We have asked Sen. Dean Tran to join them in supporting this important legislation and we continue to encourage his endorsement. It’s worth noting that Sue Chalifoux-Zephir has pledged that if elected senator, she would support this bill.

Kerry Castonguay

Leominster

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