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Highlights From Netroots Nation 2014: Campaign Finance, Detroit Water Crisis and What We Can Learn

Last week Free Speech For People traveled to Detroit for the 7th annual Netroots Nation conference featuring keynote speakers Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Rev. William Barber, the preacher behind North Carolina’s Moral Mondays.

House Democratic Leaders File Democracy For All Amendment To Limit Money in Politics

On Tuesday July 15th House Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and U.S. Rep. John Larson (CT-1), Chairman of the House Elections Task Force, joined U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-21), Donna F. Edwards (MD-4), and Jim McGovern (MA-2) to file a Constitutional Amendment: "Democracy For All" which will limit money in politics. The press conference where they discuss and make this announcement can be watched below.

STATEMENT ON TODAY’S SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE VOTE IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY

July 10, 2014

STATEMENT BY JOHN BONIFAZ, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE, ON TODAY’S SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE VOTE IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY

American democracy is in crisis. Big money interests dominate our elections and our government, drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens and undermining the fundamental promise of political equality for all.

FSFP President Debates Citizens United Lawyer James Bopp On C-Span

In May, Free Speech For People President John Bonifaz traveled to Miami, Florida to take part in a debate with the lawyer behind the infamous Citizens United case, James Bopp, about the 2010 decision as well as the Constitutional Amendment proposed to overturn it.

The conference was a part of the Politcal Campaign Ethics Conference hosted by the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust and the St.Thomas University Center for Ethics. It was held in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Click below to watch the debate in full:

Hobby Lobby Ruling Fuels Amendment Push

A recent article in Roll Call, Hobby Lobby Ruling Fuels Amendment Push, highlights the national amendment movement to overturn Citizens United. The article also features a quote from Free Speech For People President, John Bonifaz.

It begins:

Statement By Justice James Nelson On The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

STATEMENT BY JUSTICE JAMES NELSON ON THE SUPREME COURT'S HOBBY LOBBY RULING

Justice Nelson is a former Justice of the Montana Supreme Court and a Member of Free Speech For People's Legal Advisory Committee

Campaign Contribution Limits Under Fire in Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 2, 2014

Contact: Ed Erikson, (202) 420-9947 or Ryan O'Donnell, (413) 335-9824

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Campaign Contribution Limits Under Fire in Montana

Legal Advocacy Group Says American Political Equality is at Stake

FSFP Submits Amicus Brief In Lair v. Motl

Free Speech For People is joining the defense of Montana’s existing campaign contribution limits now under fire in the Lair v. Motl case.

Senator Markey on SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision: Damaging for Women’s Health and Constitutional Rights

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled that for-profit “closely held” corporations with religious objections have the right to deny providing contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Birth control is basic health care for women, and 99% of sexually active American women have used contraception at some point in their lives; 95% of Americans consider use of contraception to be a form of personal responsibility.

Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Cases

Today, the Supreme Court issued a sharply-divided decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell. In these cases, large for-profit corporations argued that they have religious freedom that is violated by federal Affordable Care Act rules requiring insurance plans to cover contraception. The Supreme Court ruled today that closely-held for-profit corporations have the right to a religious exemption from these rules.