Hudson Valley News
6:40 am
Tue June 3, 2014

HV Congresswoman Backs Amendment On Money In Politics

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A Hudson Valley congresswoman has added her name to co-sponsors of a constitutional amendment to limit money in politics.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, Monday announced her co-sponsorship of a constitutional amendment that seeks to limit the influence of money in politics. Lowey also signed a letter along with 62 other House members to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy in support of a public hearing on the matter. Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, will hold a public hearing Tuesday to examine an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would grant Congress and the states power to regulate the raising and spending of money with respect to federal and state elections. Lowey urges the House Judiciary Committee to do the same. She says only a constitutional amendment that overturns deeply flawed Supreme Court decisions will return constitutional legitimacy to campaign finance laws.