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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."

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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. 

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Editorial From Times Union: A Way To Take America Back

Today, the Times-Union Tribune published an excellent editorial that calls upon New York to become the 17th state to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. The original article is available  here

Ron Fein: When Judges Pass The Collection Plate, Justice Suffers

In his latest op-ed, Free Speech For People's legal director, Ron Fein digs in on Justice Scalia, campaign finance, the Williams-Yulee case, and what it all means in the big scheme of preserving judicial dignity. The aptly titled piece,"When Judges Pass the Collection Plate, Justice Suffers" is featured today on The Daily Caller.

An excerpt is featured below.

FSFP Files Amicus Brief Before U.S. Court of Appeals In New York Republican State Committee v. SEC

Today, Free Speech For People filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s anti-“pay-to-play” rule for investment advisers, which prevents investment advisers from receiving management fees from public funds when they’ve given political contributions to the elected officials who influence the choice of investment advisers for those funds.
Our brief argues that the rule protects the First Amendment rights of public employees by preventing investment advisers from using a portion of their pension money to pay for political spending.