Today on the Huffington Post, our legal director, Ron Fein explains why we need a 28th Constitutional Amendment to restore democracy and overturn Citizens United.
Ron Fein submitted an op-ed to TruthOut on the direct democracy of ballot initiatives, and the growing trend of special interest groups blocking voters from even heading to the polls. The op-ed is quoted below:
The direct democracy of ballot initiatives—where voters get to vote yes or no, without any politicians in the way—is a treasured part of the fabric of 24 states and many more cities. But, around the country, there’s been a disturbing trend this year: when initiatives threaten corporate interests, lawyers run to court to prevent voters from even getting the chance to vote.
Citizens United prompted calls for a constitutional amendment. But how do we move forward?
The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, "however, some judges use it as a bludgeon to strike down common-sense disclosure rules" exlains our legal director, Ron Fein to The Hill.
Last month, Post columnist George F. Will quoted Barry Goldwater in the opening lines of his piece, arguing that the Citizens United decision protects Americans' First Amendment rights.
Today in the Washington Post, our legal director, Ron Fein revists Goldwater's record, and explains the unlimited political spending by business corporations is exactly what Goldwater didn't want interfering with our democracy.
After losing her spouse of fifty-six years in June 2014, 81-year-old Rhana Bazzini decided it was time to take to the streets. Inspired by Granny D’s walk across the country for campaign finance reform, Rhana began planning “Project Granny D”, a walk from Sarasota to Tallahassee to promote Move to Amend and Campaign Finance Reform. At 5’ 3” and 94 lbs, Rhana is a tightly-packed bundle of energy and she is on a mission to reform our political system to say that corporations are not people and money is not speech!
(Image via David Ryder, Reuters)
Last week, Free Speech For People filed an amicus brief in IFA v. Seattle, in defense of Seattle's new 'living wage' law, now under fire from the International Franchise Associations, the National Restaurant Association, and other industry trade groups. Our legal director, Ron Fein explains today on Reuters.
MINIMUM WAGE UNDER FIRE IN SEATTLE
Legal Advocacy Group Says Workers’ Rights Are At Stake
SEATTLE, WA- Free Speech For People, a national non-profit legal advocacy and public education
organization, is joining the defense of Seattle’s new “living wage” law, now under fire from the
International Franchise Association, the National Restaurant Association, and other industry trade
A series of "pay-to-play" scandals gave politically-connected financial executives access to a public pension funds in exchange for political campaign contributions. State political parties are taking this to federal court to fight for their right to direct public pension funds and big Wall Street money into their campaigns.
In the Albany Times Union, Ron Fein explains how the use of pensions to "fund pay-to-play violates the First Amendment right of public servants not to be forced to subsidize someone else's political contributions."
"The SEC rule protects that right. Let's not put the interests of Wall Street over the First Amendment rights of people who live and work on Main Street," writes Fein.