Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

Saturday, February 13, 2010

(02-13) 04:00 PST Sacramento – —

Backers of a campaign to overhaul California’s Constitution have suspended their efforts because of a lack of money.

The campaign was working to put two measures on the November ballot to call for a constitutional convention as unrest about the state government and the overall direction of California deepens amongst voters. However, money pledged to the campaign by businesses and others never came through, according to the people backing the effort.

“I’m very sad we have to call it quits because of the financial situation,” said Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a business consortium that started the convention effort.

Despite support from a wide variety of good-government organizations, political leaders and others in the state, the campaign has raised only about $1 million and gathered 100,000 signatures. More than 1 million valid signatures would be needed to put the initiatives on the ballot.

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