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Legal Director Ron Fein Joins Release Of New MASSPIRG-Demos Report On "The Money Chase"

Today on the steps of Ashburton Place in Boston, a host of public interest organizations gathered for the release of a new report documenting the dominance of big money in the November 2014 Congressional elections. Authored by MASSPIRG and Demos, the report calls for solutions moving big money dominance to small donors. Download "The Money Chase" report

John Bonifaz To Join Reddit Ask-Me-Anything Panel on Wednesday 1/14

Tomorrow, join Free Speech For People President John Bonifaz for a special Reddit I-AMA conversation on how we are building the movement to overturn Citizens United—and how you can be a part of it.

John will be online to answer questions and speak about our amendment and legal advocacy work. 

Partners on the panel include, Lisa Graves from the Center for Media and Democracy, Daniel Lee from Move to Amend and Aquene Freechild from Public Citizen. Zephyr Teachout will join our conversation for the first hour. 

We’re working to overturn Citizens United.  Ask away!

L.A. Times Op-Ed: "The Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision Continues To Echo"

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An op-ed in the LA Times reflects on Citizens United's five year anniversary and its effect on law beyond campaign finance. The damage felt from the Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance is just the beginning, as corporations continue to accrue more and more rights of 'we the people'.

Watch Rhana B. Follow In The Footsteps Of "Granny D"!

On October 13, 2014, Rhana Bazzini left her home in Sarasota, Florida to embark on a 400+ mile journey in the footsteps of Doris "Granny D" Haddock to call for a constitutional amendment to reclaim our democracy.

FSFP And Retired Montana Supreme Court Justice File Brief In Defense Of A Florida Campaign Finance Rule For Judicial Elections

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Free Speech For People, along with retired Montana Supreme Court Justice (and Free Speech For People board member) James Nelson, has filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of a Florida campaign finance rule for judicial elections. 

The challenged rule, which was drawn from the American Bar Association’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct, prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign contributions, whether face-to-face, on the phone, or by signed letter. Instead, it requires them to set up campaign committees and have campaign staff or volunteers do the fundraising. About half of the states have similar rules in their judicial ethics codes. The challenge claims that this personal solicitation clause violates the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

2014: A Year Of Milestones and Progress To Reclaim Democracy

As we prepare for the beginnings of a new year, we look back on this year’s progress and our many achievements. With your help, we have reached many milestones in our work to overturn Citizens United and reclaim our democracy. To show your support, we urge you to donate to our end of year campaign, here. 
Here is an overview of all that we have achieved together this year:

The Constitutional Amendment Movement Reached the Senate Floor


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On September 11, 2014, 54 US Senators voted to support the Democracy For All Amendment, which would overturn the Supreme Court's rulings in Citizens UnitedMcCutcheon, and Buckley, and would allow for overall campaign spending limits in our elections.  This historic vote marked a huge victory for the constitutional amendment movement and Free Speech For People played a critical leadership role in making this happen.  The vote reflects the growing power of this grassroots movement with 16 states and more than 550 cities and towns on record in support of an amendment.

63,000 Strikes And You're Out? Not If You're A Global Corporation In Delaware, Explains Jeff Clements To Huffington Post


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Over a decade before the Big Branch mine explosion, Massey Energy had committed more than 63,000 violations of mine safety laws, and violated the federal Clean Water Act 13,000 times. Three years after the explosion, CEO Don Blankenship was indicted, but Massey still operates in Delaware.

 

Corporations Hiding Dirty Secrets Behind Free Speech Claims May Soon Have To Admit Bloody Hands

 
A "surprising turn of events", starting with a series of conflicting rulings by the federal courts, is setting a new legal stage that will require U.S. corporations to admit to “blood on their hands” to their consumers and investors.