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Hillary Clinton plans quick action on campaign finance if elected president

 (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
(Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton will promise Saturday to introduce a constitutional amendment intended to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision within the first month of taking office if she is elected president, according to a campaign official.

The pledge, which the presumptive Democratic nominee will unveil in a video at Netroots, a conference for liberal activists, sets a timetable for pushing an idea that Clinton has suggested throughout the primary.

The Citizens United decision, issued in 2010, is perhaps the most prominent of several court cases that helped unleash a flood of spending by big donors, corporations and others in recent elections.

Overturning the decision with a constitutional amendment would be a difficult task, especially because Republicans have opposed stronger limits on campaign financing. The proposal would need to be approved by two-thirds of each house of Congress, and then by three-fourths of state legislatures.

Clinton also wants new legislation to strengthen disclosure rules and new regulations that would require publicly traded companies to inform shareholders about political spending. 

In addition, her plan includes an executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political spending, a step that would not require congressional approval. 

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