The Maine Legislature has given strong support to a resolution calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment reversing the U.S. Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision.
The 2010 high court ruling struck down restrictions on political spending by corporations, unions and associations.
Supporters of the resolution say Citizens United has lessened the role of everyday people in the political process. Independent Sen. Richard Woodbury, of Yarmouth, sponsored the measure.
"We've seen the impact in recent elections in Maine as out-of-state money has flooded into the state, and as total spending supporting and opposing candidates has grown exponentially," he says.
The resolution received unanimous support in the House and Senate from all Democrats and Independents who voted. They were joined by 30 Republicans. Maine becomes the 13th state to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.
This story was written by Ed Morin.