Free Speech For People, along with MOVI, California Clean Money Campaign, CALPIRG, Common Cause California and Courage Campaign, has filed an amicus brief before the California Supreme Court in defense of California Proposition 49, also known as the Overturn Citizens United Act. And, a big thank you to Money Out Voters In for all of its leadership in sponsoring Prop 49 and in building this movement in California. We are honored to support MOVI’s work in this case.
FSFP Files Amicus Brief In HJTA v. Bowen, A California Case On A Measure To Overturn Citizens United
Free Speech For People's co-founder, John Bonifaz and Ben Cohen of Stamp Stampede, co-authored an op-ed in Truthout on the corporate influence on politics, citing that the most politically active corporations receive $760 for every $1 they donate. A select few donors are now in the position to give ten times the amount they were previously allowed to, virtually dissolving the McCain-Feingold campaign law gains.
Big money is taking over our American democracy. And now, the recent spending bill (often referred to as Cromnibus) is a perfect example of the efforts of Congress to increase the flow of money in politics. Now, is a perfect time to be a corporation.
Read the full article on Truthout
In his latest op-ed, Free Speech For People's legal director, Ron Fein digs in on Justice Scalia, campaign finance, the Williams-Yulee case, and what it all means in the big scheme of preserving judicial dignity. The aptly titled piece,"When Judges Pass the Collection Plate, Justice Suffers" is featured today on The Daily Caller.
An excerpt is featured below.
John Bonifaz Testifies Before New Hampshire House and Senate On An Amendment To Overturn Citizens United
(A packed hearing in New Hampshire)
On January 20th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Williams-Yulee, a Florida case challenging the Florida Bar’s rule prohibiting candidates for judgeship from personally soliciting campaign funds.
On January 21, 2015—the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling—the Democracy For All Amendment was reintroduced to the 114th Congress. The bill has been reintroduced in the House and Senate as H.J. Res. 22 and S.J. Res. 5. The bill language is attached in a .pdf to this blog post.
On January 21st—the 5th anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission—more than 100 Senators and Representatives reintroduced a constitutional amendment that would overturn the ruling and restore democracy to the people.