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Advocacy groups, NC Democrats at legislature push for amendment to overturn Citizens United

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Backers of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would cancel a Supreme Court decision on campaign finance have yet to receive formal backing from Republicans in charge of the North Carolina legislature.

Amendment supporters held a news conference and lobbying day Wednesday at the Legislative Building. A House resolution would ask Congress to propose the amendment overturning the 2010 "Citizens United" ruling. That decision led to more overt corporate spending in campaigns. Businesses also are giving to independent political groups that can conceal their donors.

The resolution lists more than 20 Democratic sponsors. Chief sponsor Rep. Verla Insko of Chapel Hill said the measure may get stuck in committee but it's important to keep talking about what supporters called the corrupting effects of corporate spending on democracy.

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