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Money in Politics and the 'Real' Issues We Face

Marge Baker, Executive Vice President for Policy and Program, People For the American Way & People For the American Way Foundation is featured today on The Huffington Post speaking of the 'real' issues we face following this week's Senate vote. 

Live from New York, it’s . . . Ted Cruz? via Ron Fein

Free Speech For People Legal Director, Ron Fein heads to "The Daily Caller" to debunk claims made by Senator Ted Cruz during this week's Senate debate on the Democracy For All Amendment.

The Senate Tried to Overturn ‘Citizens United’. Guess What Stopped Them?

A majority of senators voted Thursday for the Democracy For All Amendment "to clarify in the Constitution that Congress and the states have the authority to do what they did for a century before activist judges began intervening on behalf of wealthy donors and corporations: enact meaningful campaign finance rules and regulations." That's the good news, says today's piece in The Nation

The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Here Are Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway.

Today, the US Senate voted to keep big money in politics. The Democracy For All Amendment fell short of receiving the 67 votes it necessary to pass, but not all is lost. 

Fran Korten of YES! Magazine explains, "the fact that the issue reached the Senate floor is a huge victory for the American people, who overwhelmingly say they want something done about corporate influence in elections." 

Free Speech For People Statement on the Senate Vote

September 11, 2014

STATEMENT BY JOHN BONIFAZ,
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE, ON TODAY’S UNITED STATES SENATE FLOOR VOTE ON THE DEMOCRACY FOR ALL AMENDMENT

New York Times Editorial Board Supports An Amendment to Cut Political Cash

The Editorial Board of "The New York Times" addresses the proposed Democracy For All Amendment bill, which is up for vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. 

The editorial follows the issue of spending in elections and the explains the necessity of a debate to protect free speech. The piece ends noting that, "amending the Constitution should not be taken lightly. It is a last resort to fix a grave civic problem. But the backers of this amendment recognize that the nature of American democracy is at stake."

Jeff Clements Appears On The Big Picture To Discuss Whether Congress Will Actually Repeal Citizens United?

Free Speech For People co-founder, Jeff Clements appeared tonight on "The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann" to discuss the role of money in politics, and whether Congress will act to repeal the Citizens United ruling with a constitutional amendment. 

Watch the full broadcast.  (Interview starts at 33:45)

Business Leaders Call On Senate To Approve Campaign Finance Amendment

Yesterday, the American Sustainable Business Council released a statement in support of the Democracy For All Amendment. Their statement is copied below, including a link to the original post. 

 

Business Leaders Call On Senate To Approve Campaign Finance Amendment

For Immediate Release:  September 8, 2014

Is Washington The Only Place Where Campaign Finance Is A Partisan Issue?

In Washington, the Senate voted today to debate a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and allowing Congress and the states to enhance limits on the amount of money raised and spent in elections.

From today's piece in the Huffington Post, Paul Blumenthal explains the proposed amendment is nearly universally supported by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. Or at least, by those not on the Hill. 

Free Speech For People Statement on the Democracy For All Amendment

September 8, 2014
 

STATEMENT BY JOHN BONIFAZ, 
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE, 
ON TODAY’S UNITED STATES SENATE FLOOR DEBATE ON THE DEMOCRACY FOR ALL AMENDMENT