Ron Fein and Tom Bacon of Free Speech For People take on "crony capitalism" in a new op-ed published today in The Hill. In Congress, a fight continues over whether to renew the charter of the Export/Import Bank, which Fein describes as, "an obscure government agency that supports the purchase of American products overseas with taxpayer-backed financing".
We spoke with an UNH Law Student about his thoughts regarding big money in politics and Citizens United. Watch his response in our latest video, How A Republican Feels About Money In Politics. Last year, Free Speech For People released a report highlighting more than 100 Republican officials who support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, along with dozens more who have publicly criticized it.
When Jessica Sharp of Maryland heard the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, she refused to accept her daughter would grow up in an America where the voices of everyday people no longer count. She went online to www.freespeechforpeople.org and was motivated to take action on her own to help restore democracy to the people. She called friends and neighbors, and she organized a rally outside the state capitol in Annapolis, Maryland. Jessica was joined in the cold and the rain by other supporters, including several state senators. Jessica started a movement.
To hear more about Jessica's story, watch the video below. If you want to get involved with Free Speech For People in our campaign to reclaim democracy from the big money influence in politics, start your own movement today.
New Edition of "Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations"
The new, updated edition of "Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations" is available now for purchase. Free Speech For People co-founder, Jeff Clements authored the book as a resource for everyone to join in on the historic work to re-engage with self-government and to reclaim democracy from big money dominance in elections.
Before adjourning for a five-week recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the motion to proceed with S.J. Res. 19, also known as the Democracy For All Amendment. The amendment aims to overturn the two recent Supreme Court rulings of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The Democracy For All Amendment will end big money dominance in elections and will allow for Congress and the States to set overall limits on campaign spending, including both corporate and union spending.
The procedural vote on the Democracy For All Amendment will take place on September 8, 2014 at 6pm ET.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Issued a Comprehensive Report in Support of the Democracy For All Amendment
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee issued a comprehensive report in support of the Democracy For All Amendment (S.J. Res. 19), which the Committee passed on July 10, 2014. You can read it here.
A new poll released on July 31 by Every Voice and Democracy Corp, shows Americans are engaging in a debate on the role of money in politics and they are ready to challenge the status quo. Every Voice commisioned Democracy Corps to conduct the survey in the 12 most competivie Senate battleground states. Their results reveal a general distrust of Super PACs and big money in elections, with 65% of respondents reporting they believe spending in politics is worse this year than those in the past.
The Honorable James C. Nelson, a retired justice of the Montana Supreme Court and a member of the Legal Advisory Committee for Free Speech For People shared his latest op-ed with the Independent Record:
"Ponder this: Every single civil right that corporations and nonhuman entities enjoy (and there’s a good number) have been created from whole cloth by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Constitution itself gives no civil rights to anything other than natural persons. Yet in the recent Hobby Lobby decision, for example, the Roberts majority even endowed some corporations with the right to freely exercise religion.
So, what’s next? Will corporations and special interest PACs eventually get the right to actually vote? Why not? They’re already funding the worst government that money can buy."
In his latest piece in the Orlando Sentinel, Free Speech For People legal director Ron Fein writes,
"Who do our politicians represent — their constituents or big funders? Consider the U.S. Sugar Corp. Maybe you share U.S. Sugar's views about Florida's tax, agricultural and environmental policies; maybe you don't. But you didn't give over $650,000 in state elections, and you don't have 29 lobbyists working for you in Tallahassee. So when it comes to issues like restoring the Everglades, who do you think has more influence over how our representatives vote: you or Big Sugar?
A recent study concluded that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically nonsignificant impact upon public policy," and "the preferences of economic elites … have far more independent impact upon policy change."