Today we celebrate a significant milestone in the campaign for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United. Support for the amendment now stands at one-third of what is needed for victory!
Read below this powerful speech from James C. Nelson, former Justice of the Montana Supreme Court and a member of our Legal Advisory Committee, regarding Citizens United and corporate rights. For a full list of our Legal Advisory Committee with brief bios for each member, click here.
Justice at Risk: Montana’s Fight For Impartial Courts
James C. Nelson,
This new and important blog post written by Robert A.G. Monks, author of Citizens Disunited: Passive Investors, Drone CEOs, and the Corporate Capture of the American Dream, a corporate governance adviser and shareholder activist and Free Speech for People co-founder Jeff Clements was featured as part of the American Constitution Society's 2013 Constitution Day symposium.
The post begins,
Yesterday former Massey Coal Executive, David Hughart, was sentenced to prison for 42 months for failing to follow basic safety practices, such as limiting the buildup of coal dust, which led to the death of 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch mine blast in 2010 --- the worst U.S coal-mining disaster in 40 years.
Free Speech for People, in conjunction with Common Cause, Public Citizen, and Regnat Populus, is proud to have supported the efforts of a new proposal that would make it a matter of Arkansas corporate charter law that corporations could not spend money to influence elections. The initiative also calls on Arkansas elected officials to push for a U.S. constitutional amendment to establish that corporations are not human beings.
In a recent and rare interview, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed her continued criticism of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizen United ruling.
The following essay, a part of SCOTUS Blog's online symposium on the McCutcheon v. FEC case, was written by Professor Tamara Piety. Tamara is a member of our new Legal Advisory Committee.
The essay reads:
Money in Politics, Corporate Power, & American Democracy: A Debate Between FSFP's John Bonifaz & NH Rep. John Hunt
MONEY IN POLITICS, CORPORATE POWER, & AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: THE CALL FOR A 28TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
A DEBATE BETWEEN JOHN BONIFAZ & REPRESENTATIVE JOHN HUNT
NH STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN HUNT AND JOHN BONIFAZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE, DEBATE CITIZENS UNITED V. FEC, MONEY IN POLITICS, & THE MOVEMENT FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY.