On Hobby Lobby, Justice Ginsburg was correct in her dissent, says a recent piece by Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker. Toobin writes of the aftermath of the Court's ruling, which opened the door for corporations to claim special religious privileges that are not available to anyone else.
The belief the wealthy have too much power or too much influence over American politics is widespread, yet the background of the Citizens United decision seems to be less known. More specifically, the concept of corporate personhood has its own history, which Jeff Clements explains in the newly updated and expanded, "Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations."
In a recent interview published in The New Republic, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her regret over several of the current Court's rulings, including the case of Citizens United v. FEC, which opened the floodgates for unlimited spending in elections.
Justice Ginsburg told The New Republic, "If there was one decision I would overrule it would be Citizens United."
Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles recently shared an op-ed with the Sacramento Bee on the history of California's Political Reform Act and what it means today, nearly 40 years later.
Ron Fein, Free Speech For People's legal director, appears on Jurist today as a guest columnist. In his latest piece, Fein explains, "The Supreme Court's majority opinion in Hobby Lobby made a serious mistake about the nature of corporate religious claims. But so did the dissent."
To read the full article on why every single Supreme Court Justice got Hobby Lobby wrong, click here.
Retired Montana Supreme Court Justice and Free Speech For People legal advisory committee member, James Nelson writes to the Independent Record on whether or not Montana's court and judges will be forced "onto the auction block." Nelson writes of the role of money in politics in a post-Citizens United era, and explains "there is no reason to believe it won't happen in Montana's upcoming elections for judges and justices."
To some, the U.S. Senate killing the Democracy For All Amendment may look like defeat, but to grassroots groups, the vote itself marks a victory.
The U.S. Senate is listening to the people. Senators spent nearly a week debating the amendment, 54 voted for it, and the amendment was just six votes short of passing. Momentum to restore democracy to the people has been gained, not lost.
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.
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.