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: A Debate Between FSFP's John Bonifaz & NH Rep. John Hunt
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.
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In a recent forum at the Carter Center, former President Carter expressed his concern and dissent in regards to the Citizens United ruling.
A new Huffington Post article, "States Push Post-Citizens United Reform as Washington Stands Still" highlights state and trans-partisan support to overturn Citizens United.
Olympia Snowe (R-ME) cites "Rolling Back Citizens United" as Essential to Campaign Finance Reform, In New Book
In her new book Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress Olympia Snowe (R-ME) writes, "Campaign finance reform, including rolling back Citizens United is essential to leveling the electoral playing field." Other key quotes include: