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According to legal reports on the Article V Convention process, a convention can be limited to a specific topic (in our case reducing the undue influence of big money and special interests in our politics) and that there are mechanisms in place for those limitations to be enforced. Although you can find op-eds that spread the fear of a "runaway convention," we prefer to trust the legal reports. 

Here are some excerpts. The complete reports are linked below.

“The framers did not provide an unchecked grant of power to a convention: every amendment proposed would be subject to the same conditions faced by those proposed by Congress... the notion of a ‘runaway’ convention, succeeding in amending the Constitution in a manner opposed by the American people, is not merely remote, it is impossible.” - Report to the 98th Congress, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 1984

“This paper concludes that Article V permits the states to apply for, and the Congress to call, a constitutional convention for limited purposes, and that a variety of practical means to enforce such limitations are available.” - Limited Constitutional Conventions under Article V of the United States Constitution, Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice

“...The Convention Clause provides an important means to adopt or force Congress to adopt amendments that are perceived to be in the national interest by significant percentages of the American population, but that are detrimental to the interests of members of Congress.” - The Other Way to Amend the Constitution: The Article V Constitutional Convention Amendment Process, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 30, Issue 3

 

Legal Research

 

United States Department of Justice Report to the Attorney General

Limited Conventions under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, Sep. 10, 1987

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Constitutional Convention - Limitation of Power to Propose Amendments to the Constitution, Oct. 10, 1979

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The Amending Process - The Convention Method, Jan. 16, 1979

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Congressional Research Service

The Article V Convention Method for Proposing Constitutional Amendments: Historical Perspectives, Oct. 22, 2012

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The Article V Convention Method for Proposing Constitutional Amendments: Contemporary Issues, Mar. 29, 2016

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The Article V Convention Method for Proposing Constitutional Amendments: Current Developments, Nov. 2017

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American Bar Association

Amendment of the Constitution by the Convention Method under Article V

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Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy

The Other Way To Amend The Constitution:
The Article V Constitutional Convention Amendment Process

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Editorial

The Honest Path to Save Democracy

   by Hartson & Monetta
   Medium.com

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A Real Step to Fix Democracy

     by Lawrence Lessig
     The Atlantic

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Why GOP State Leaders Should Support A Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

    by Sen. Alan Simpson
    Former U.S. Senator (R), Wyoming
    The Daily Caller

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Wolf-PAC Cover Letter

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