To: Rep. McKell, M.,
Subject: FW: The Stealth Campaign to Defeat Article V Excerpt from Congressional Research Service
"As the number of state applications mounted, critics mobilized to oppose the campaign; a counter-convention group, Citizens for the Constitution, was established to make the case against an Article V balanced budget amendment convention. The newly formed organization described that effort as a stealth campaign: Vice President Walter Mondale’s chief of staff asserted that,“[t]hey were remarkably successful until it became known what they were doing.... Nobody was paying any attention.” Some opponents claimed that a balanced budget amendment would place federal finances in a “straight jacket,” while others warned against the dangers of a runaway convention. Supporters of the convention accused the opposition of using “scare tactics,” but the campaign appeared to lose momentum. New applications “no longer breezed through state legislative chambers …"
Source: Congressional Research Service - The Article V Convention for Proposing Constitutional Amendments: Historical Perspectives for Congress - Thomas H. Neale, Specialist in American National Government, October 22, 2012