- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in campaigns has failed in the U.S. Senate.

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich voted to advance the measure Thursday. He also was a co-sponsor.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski did not vote. A spokesman says she was returning from the Conference of Arctic Parliamentarians.

The measure was considered a long-shot, at best, requiring two-thirds majorities of each chamber of Congress and ratification by states.

It would have allowed Congress and the states to set “reasonable limits” on campaign money and bar election spending by corporations.

Begich, who is seeking re-election, balked at a proposal by Republican rival Dan Sullivan to limit outside spending in their race. He says he preferred a long-term solution to campaign spending concerns, such as the amendment that failed Thursday.

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