Year: 2014

Will Montana Judges be for Sale?

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.”
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A Small Step Forward in Ridding Politics of Big Money

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.
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The Senate Tried to Overturn ‘Citizens United’. Guess What Stopped Them?

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.
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Free Speech For People Statement on the Senate Vote

The United States Senate engaged in an historic vote on the Senate floor on the Democracy For All Amendment (S.J. Res. 19), which would allow for overall campaign spending limits and would end the big money dominance of our elections. Fifty-four US Senators voted in support of the amendment.
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The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Here Are Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway.

Today, the US Senate voted to keep big money in politics. The Democracy For All Amendment fell short of receiving the 67 votes it necessary to pass, but not all is lost.

Fran Korten of YES! Magazine explains, “the fact that the issue reached the Senate floor is a huge victory for the American people, who overwhelmingly say they want something done about corporate influence in elections.”
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Democrats Embrace ‘McCutcheon’ Decision

Despite ongoing criticism of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC, Senate Democrats now embrace a big-money fundraising tool, made possible by the court’s decision. The new “jumbo” fundraising committee of choice for Democrats is the Grassroots Victory Project 2014, and it’s their first major entry into the realm of massive campaign contributions.
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Free Speech For People has filed an amicus brief in New York Republican State Committee v. SEC

Free Speech For People has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 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
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A Look at 2014 Election Spending: Nine Toss-Up Senate Races

Control of the US Senate is at play in the 2014 election, which means tight races and tremendous spending from outside groups. Outside spending in the top nine Senate races in 2014 is almost equal to spending in all 37 races in 2010. Half of the independent spending in the top nine races comes from
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