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Victory In Chicago!

Yesterday, on February 24, Chicagoans went to the polls and 80% of voters (and counting) took a stand against the corrupting influence of big money. Voters in Chicago voted "YES", in favor of small-donor focused reform that would put the power of politics back in the hands of the people.  

Great News From Maine—Maine Secretary Of State OKs Clean Election Signatures

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections aims to provide candidates with access to more cash so they can better compete with their privately financed opponents.

Maine’s secretary of state says a group hoping to strengthen the state’s clean public-financing elections law has submitted enough signatures to put its proposal to voters.

Stamp Stampede Talks Money In Politics On CNBC

Check out this clip of Ben & Jerry's co-founder and StampStampede.org founder Ben Cohen, stamping money out of politics on CNBC.

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President Obama: "I’d Love A Constitutional Amendment To Reverse Citizens United"

President Obama spoke with Vox Editor-in-chief Ezra Klein on how to best reform campaign finance, amongst other topics. 

On "unlimited money" in politics as a key cause of polarization, Obama said, "I would love to see some constitutional process that would allow us to actually regulate campaign spending the way we used to, and maybe even improve it."

Watch the full interview above and read more on Vox.

Free Speech For People and Represent.US Working Towards Publicly Funded Elections in Cambridge, MA


Ron Fein testifying before the Cambridge City Council

Justice Ginsburg Would Reverse Citizens United

On February 4, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke to Georgetown University Law Center on her life and career, among many other issues of the law. In response to a question about the one decision she would reverse if she had a "magic wand", Justice Ginsburg responded it would be Citizens United. She also commented on redistricting and voter participation, and said that we need "a democracy for all."

Watch Justice Ginsburg discuss Citizens United in the clip below via C-SPAN.  

A Bold Step Forward In Challenging Citizens United

Recently, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), announced new legislation to limit corporate felon's ability to influence elections. We proudly support Representative Ellison's work and acknowledge it is an important step toward undoing the damage of the Citizens United decision. 

Today on Roll Call, our Legal Director, Ron Fein writes of the proposed legislation as "a bold step forward in challenging Citizens United."

Read the full article on Roll Call

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Congressman Lieu Addresses California Supreme Court In Support Of The People's Right To Instruct Their Representatives

Last week, Congressman Ted Lieu of California addressed a letter to the California Supreme Court echoing support for the people's right to instruct their representatives with a ballot measure. The full text of Congressman Lieu's letter is below and available for download here.  

FSFP Files Amicus Brief In HJTA v. Bowen, A California Case On A Measure To Overturn Citizens United

Free Speech For People, along with MOVI, California Clean Money Campaign, CALPIRG, Common Cause California and Courage Campaign, has filed an amicus brief before the California Supreme Court in defense of California Proposition 49, also known as the Overturn Citizens United Act. And, a big thank you to Money Out Voters In for all of its leadership in sponsoring Prop 49 and in building this movement in California.  We are honored to support MOVI’s work in this case.

There's Never Been A Better Time To Be A Corporation

Free Speech For People's co-founder, John Bonifaz and Ben Cohen of Stamp Stampede, co-authored an op-ed in Truthout on the corporate influence on politics, citing that the most politically active corporations receive $760 for every $1 they donate. A select few donors are now in the position to give ten times the amount they were previously allowed to, virtually dissolving the McCain-Feingold campaign law gains. 

Big money is taking over our American democracy. And now, the recent spending bill (often referred to as Cromnibus) is a perfect example of the efforts of Congress to increase the flow of money in politics. Now, is a perfect time to be a corporation. 

Read the full article on Truthout 

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