Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spoke with WMUR's "Conversations With The Candidate" in New Hampshire on April 10, 2015. A question submitted via Twitter asked: What specifically would you do to remove the influence of big money in politics?
On Citizens United, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Says "You're Gonna Need A Constitutional Amendment To Fix This Problem"
FSFP Welcomes Former Montana Justice James Nelson and Greg Moore of Democracy Initiative To Our Board of Directors
Since our founding on the day of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in January 2010, we have led the attack on this ruling both as a dangerous campaign finance decision and an extreme extension of the fabricated doctrine of corporate constitutional rights. With the help of our exceptional legal advocacy committee and board members, we are renewing our democracy for ‘we the people’, not big money.
For Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, this week is a major departure from “politics as usual.”
On Wednesday, the Democratic Senator was indicted on corruption charges stemming from his mutually beneficial relationship with eye-doctor and businessman, Salomon Melgen. Federal prosecutors revealed a 14-count indictment that had been in the works for months, charging Mendendez with trading political favors in exchange for luxury outings and campaign donations, among other corruption allegations.
Victory! New Hampshire Senate Voted With Bipartisan Support On Bill Calling To Address Citizens United
NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATE VOTES IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY
STATEMENT OF JOHN BONIFAZ
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE
Join John Bonifaz, Ben Manski, and Lori Wallach for a special conversation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), soon to be a "bullet train to corporate nationhood." Our Co-Founder will highlight recent cases post-Citizens United, where corporations claim constitutional rights to strike down public interest laws.
Free Speech For People joined the legal team defending the Take Back St. Louis ballot initiative campaign. This ballot initiative, which would amend the city charter of St. Louis (Missouri) to prevent the city from granting tax breaks to fossil fuel and nuclear mining companies, was challenged in court before the ballots were printed.
Last week, lawyers argued in federal district in Seattle whether the city's new minimum wage violates the equal protection rights of franchised business corporations. Yesterday, the judge denied the preliminary injunction on all claims, including Equal Protection and First Amendment claims. The ruling is an important step in the right direction to end the myth of corporate personhood, and to ensure protection of the rights of 'we the people.'
This past Tuesday, lawyers argued in federal district court in Seattle whether the city’s new minimum wage violates the equal protection rights of franchised business corporations. Free Speech For People filed an amicus brief in support of the city, arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause protects people, not corporations, and in particular that living wages were a central concern of the Fourteenth Amendment’s drafters. Our local counsel in Seattle, Harry Williams, attended the oral argument and submits this report.