U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says reform to campaign financing is dead for now, and Republicans are to blame. Durbin was in favor of a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have allowed Congress and the states to limit campaign spending by corporations and big donors. But Durbin correctly predicted that Republicans wouldn’t support the measure.
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“No, and put it in stark political terms—they think that these free spending and big spending participants in the political arena are really more to their advantage than Democrats,” Durbin said. The amendment would have reversed U.S. Supreme Court decisions that removed restrictions on campaign spending. It fell six votes short of the 60 needed to end debate on the measure. It would have faced an uphill climb to make it into the Constitution. Amendments require two-thirds majorities in both chambers of Congress, along with ratification from 38 states.