Monthly Archives: February 2013

Supreme Court lets ban stand on direct corporate campaign donations

The Washington Post 

Robert Barnes 

February 25, 2013 

The Supreme Court on Monday decided against reviewing the century-old ban on corporations making direct contributions to federal candidates.

The court without comment declined to hear an appeal from two men who said the court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on elections, must also nullify the ban on campaign contributions.

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After Launching Multimillion Dollar Lobbying Effort, White House Moves to Affirm Support for Overturning Citizens United

 

Advocates Urge President to Pass 
Congress to Pass Amendment Bill and 
Send it to the States for Ratification

 

WASHINGTON, DC. – On Friday, the White House released an official response to a petition initiated by Free Speech For People that had urged him to “use the State of the Union to call for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics,” even whi More »

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California Poised To Become Largest Electorate To Vote On Constitutional Amendment

Below are excerpts from an article in the Huffington Post today. California’s legislature has already passed a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Citizens United: California Poised To Become Largest Electorate To Vote On Constitutional Amendment

California voters are poised to become the largest electorate to decide whether to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

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USA Today: Supreme Court to hear case on campaign donation limits

by Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY12:11p.m. EST February 19, 2013

[Excerpts:]

WASHINGTON – In a move that could signal the end of a key restriction on political giving, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will consider a case challenging the limit on how much individuals can donate directly to federal candidates and political parties…

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Making Money & Politics an Issue of Faith: a how-to memo from Auburn Seminary and Free Speech For People

In the fall of 2012, we worked with our friends at Auburn Seminary to help engage religious leaders in the campaign to overturn Citizens United with a constitutional amendment.

We also worked with Isaac Luria of Auburn Seminary and Alexia Salvatierra of Faith Rooted Organizing to produce the memo below, summarizing our shared findings from this project.

A downloadable PDF is available here. The full text is pasted below.

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Free Speech For People Delivers Testimony in Senate Committee Hearing for Washington State Resolution

Last week, we joined with a coalition of Washington State groups to deliver testimony at a state Senate Governmental Operations Committee hearing on SJM 8002, a joint memorial that would call on Congress to get big money out of politics. Supporters of the resolution filled the hearing room and represented cities and towns from across Washington State. 

Free Speech For People staff, Arielle Davis and Oske Buckley, provided testimony, which may be viewed, below. 

 

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Representatives Nolan and Pocan Introduce ‘We the People’ Amendment

 On Monday, February 11, Move to Amend announced the introduction in Congress of the ‘We the People’ amendment by Representative Rick Nolan and Representative Mark Pocan. The amendment states: 

"Rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only, and not to government-created artificial legal entities such as corporations and limited liability companies; and  

Political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment."

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