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Al Gore: "Corporations are not persons. Money is not speech."

In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek interview, Former U.S Vice President Al Gore explains the role money and special interest groups play in politics saying, “Money plays the dominant role in politics today.”

Gore also stated that, "Corporations are not persons. Money is not speech. Big anonymous contributors should not call the shots."

To watch the full interview click here.

Why The Corporate Voice Is Louder Than Your Voice

Robert A.G. Monks, a member of our new Legal Advisory Committee, recently published this article The Corporate Voice is Louder than Your Voice in The Huffington Post. 

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Blog Action Day 2013: Corporate Rights or Human Rights?

The following blog post, originally posted on Earthrights.org, was written by our Legal Advisory Committee member Katie Redford. The post is a part of Blog Action Day, an annual event aimed at uniting bloggers around a common theme, this year's theme being human rights. For a full list of our new Legal Advisory Committee with brief bios for each member, click here.

Powerful Op-ed Against McCutcheon by Small Business Owner

Recently the Statesmen Journal featured a powerful opinion piece written by Mike Sumner, a small business owner and Republican from Woodburn, Oregon. His piece illustrates the threat of corporate dominance in our elections due to increased power from campaign contributions, and the particular concern for small business owners and consumers alike.

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Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown

Fran Korten, the executive director of YES Magazine, wrote a new article yesterday to highlight the role of big money in politics and the connections between the 2010 Citizens United case, McCutcheon vs. FEC, and the current government shutdown.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC

Today marks a very troubling moment for our democracy as the Supreme Court will hear the McCutcheon vs. FEC case. While the 2010 Citizens United case allowed corporations to make unlimited campaign expenditures to influence our elections, McCutcheon will enable the wealthy few to give more money directly to the candidates themselves.

Forbidden Thoughts on McCutcheon v. FEC

This post is written by Free Speech for People Co-Founder and President Jeff Clements and is featured on the ACS Law Blog.

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Small Businesses Agree: Campaign Spending Limits Make Good Business Sense

The facts are clear --- small businesses are overwhelmingly against unlimited campaign spending in elections. Why? Because campaign spending limits makes good business sense.

On Argument of McCutcheon v. FEC, Democracy Groups Call for Constitutional Amendment


CONTACT: Ryan O’Donnell October 2, 2013

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On Argument of McCutcheon v. FEC, Democracy

Groups Call for Constitutional Amendment

Supreme Court hearing case shows need for an amendment to protect integrity

of our democracy, eight groups argue