Read below to learn more about our NEW legal initiative. You can download the full press release here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
September 17, 2013
Contact: Ryan O'Donnell (413) 335-9824
New Legal Initiative, Advised By National
Yesterday former Massey Coal Executive, David Hughart, was sentenced to prison for 42 months for failing to follow basic safety practices, such as limiting the buildup of coal dust, which led to the death of 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch mine blast in 2010 --- the worst U.S coal-mining disaster in 40 years.
Free Speech for People, in conjunction with Common Cause, Public Citizen, and Regnat Populus, is proud to have supported the efforts of a new proposal that would make it a matter of Arkansas corporate charter law that corporations could not spend money to influence elections. The initiative also calls on Arkansas elected officials to push for a U.S. constitutional amendment to establish that corporations are not human beings.
In a recent and rare interview, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed her continued criticism of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizen United ruling.
The following essay, a part of SCOTUS Blog's online symposium on the McCutcheon v. FEC case, was written by Professor Tamara Piety. Tamara is a member of our new Legal Advisory Committee.
The essay reads:
MONEY IN POLITICS, CORPORATE POWER, & AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: THE CALL FOR A 28TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
A DEBATE BETWEEN JOHN BONIFAZ & REPRESENTATIVE JOHN HUNT
NH STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN HUNT AND JOHN BONIFAZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE, DEBATE CITIZENS UNITED V. FEC, MONEY IN POLITICS, & THE MOVEMENT FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY.
Reader Supported News asks exactly this question in their new piece entitled, "Love, Corporate Style." Corporations spend big money on getting consumers to engage and interact with their corporate "friends" through social media and other means. But what are these corporations missing in their tweets and facebook posts?
From the article:
Think the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United was bad? A worse one may be on the horizon. The New Yorker recently covered the controversial McCutcheon Supreme Court case which could toss out campaign spending limits and effectively bring more money into the political system. The Amendments Free Speech for People have endorsed would correct the problem even under the worse case of McCutcheon.
The article reads:
In a recent forum at the Carter Center, former President Carter expressed his concern and dissent in regards to the Citizens United ruling.