Free Speech For People is a catalyzing leader in the country challenging big money in politics, confronting corruption at the highest levels of our government, fighting for free and fair elections, and advancing a new jurisprudence grounded in the promises of political equality and democratic self-government.  Through our cutting-edge legal advocacy, public education, and organizing work, we are at the forefront of a movement across the country to defend our Constitution and to reclaim our democracy.

Since our founding in January 2010, on the day of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, we have launched innovative and groundbreaking legal actions to ensure people can participate equally and meaningfully in our democracy; advocated for model legislation to defend our core democratic principles and our Constitution; advanced new laws to end the big money dominance in our elections and promote political equality for all; worked with lawmakers at the federal, state, and local level to provide key legal expertise and analysis on matters related to our democracy; challenged corruption at the highest levels of our government; and engaged in public education and organizing in communities across the country to reclaim our democracy for we, the people.

Through all of this work, Free Speech For People is a leading force in the country for defending our Constitution and fulfilling the promise of political equality for all and the vision of self-government: of, by, and for the people

Our Mission

Free Speech For People works to renew our democracy and our United States Constitution for we the people. Founded on the day of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Free Speech For People envisions a democratic process in which all people have an equal voice and an equal vote. We advance this mission with the following innovative, effective, and complementary strategies:

  • We catalyze and help lead the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s rulings in Citizens United v. FEC and Buckley v. Valeo, and the doctrines underlying those rulings;
  • We engage in legal advocacy in the courts to advance a new jurisprudence on money in politics and to confront the misuse of the U.S. Constitution to claim corporate exemptions from our laws;
  • We develop and advocate for model laws and other tools to challenge big money in politics and to make corporations responsible to the public;
  • We challenge corruption at the highest levels of our government and lead bold campaigns for accountability under the law;
  • We fight for free and fair elections, for reliable and secure voting systems, and for the bedrock principle that, in a democracy, all voters must have their votes properly counted.

Board of Directors

BEN BINSWANGER

DIRECTOR

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Ben Binswanger is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. He has held senior leadership positions in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Binswanger began his career as a political consultant for numerous Democratic candidates, and worked for more than five years as Senator Edward Kennedy’s senior political advisor in Washington.

After serving as the senior communications officer at Telespectrum Worldwide, a publicly traded direct marketing company, Mr. Binswanger joined America Online, Inc. (AOL) in 1999 as vice president for corporate communications. At AOL, he managed a variety of communications projects for Steve Case and other executives, launched the company’s first employee intranet, and then managed AOL and Time Warner’s employee giving and volunteer programs after the merger of the two companies.

In 2003, Mr. Binswanger became the Chief Operating Officer of the Case Foundation, a private family foundation focused on supporting social innovators and investing in the integration of civic engagement and social media.  He later joined the Skoll Foundation as Vice President for Program and Impact, managing a team dedicated to advancing the work of later stage social entrepreneurs from around the globe.

Mr. Binswanger has also served on the boards of Demos, the National Voting Rights Institute, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and Network for Good.

JOHN BONIFAZ

CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

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John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People.  Mr. Bonifaz previously served as the Executive Director and then General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded in 1994, and as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization.  Mr. Bonifaz has been at the forefront of key voting rights battles in the country for more than two decades: pioneering a series of court challenges, applying political equality principles, that have helped to redefine the campaign finance question as a basic voting rights issue of our time; initiating and leading a legal strategy for revisiting Buckley v. Valeo in the courts; leading the fight in the federal courts in Ohio for a recount of the 2004 presidential vote in that state; and prevailing in federal court in Pennsylvania on the eve of the 2008 election to ensure that Pennsylvania voters would receive emergency paper ballots when they faced long lines caused by voting machine breakdowns.  In addition to his work in the field of voting rights and democracy advocacy, Mr. Bonifaz has also served as co-counsel in international human rights and environmental litigation, including litigation to hold the Chevron-Texaco oil company accountable for its widespread destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Mr. Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

BEN CLEMENTS

CHAIR OF THE BOARD; CHAIR OF THE BOARD’S LEGAL COMMITTEE; AND SENIOR LEGAL ADVISOR

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Ben Clements serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Free Speech For People; Chair of the Board’s Legal Committee; and Free Speech For People’s Senior Legal Advisor.  Mr. Clements is an attorney, author, and advocate for political and governmental reform and the founder of the Boston firm Clements Law.  Mr. Clements has been an attorney in the private and public sectors for more than thirty years and his expertise includes constitutional law, criminal law, civil rights law, business law, campaign finance, elections law, and government ethics.  His clients have included victims of discrimination, victims of fraudulent business and financial practices, business executives and professionals, senior government officials, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and the state and federal governments.

Before founding Clements Law, Mr. Clements practiced at a large Boston law firm, co-founded two boutique litigation firms, served as a federal prosecutor, and served as the first Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick.

Mr. Clements is a member of the board and a legal advisor to the anti-gun violence organization, Stop Handgun Violence, and a member of the advisory committee to the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society.  He has also worked closely and collaborated with a variety of other legal and advocacy organizations, including Common Cause of Massachusetts and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  Mr. Clements previously served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Task Force on Public Integrity, a bi-partisan committee that led to landmark legislation overhauling the state ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance laws.

Mr. Clements graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and summa cum laude from the Cornell Law School.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

MARGUERITE DORN

TREASURER

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Marguerite Dorn serves as the Treasurer of Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors. Ms. Dorn is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School. She began her law career with the Boston firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, and she remained in private practice for seven years.

The bulk of Ms. Dorn’s career has been built in public international law. Ms. Dorn has taught at both Suffolk University Law School (where she founded the International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Project) and at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She directed programs at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights; led a fact-finding mission to South Africa; oversaw student-based research and writing for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; and acted as a trial monitor for the ground-breaking decision in Akeyesu (first international decision establishing rape as a war crime).

In 2010, Ms. Dorn founded a consulting and coaching firm that focuses on women’s leadership and advancement. Marguerite’s work addresses the barriers that impede women’s progress, primarily in the workplace. Her firm offers training, presentation, coaching, consulting and scholarship, with emphasis on optimizing work-family blending, maximizing communication skills, and navigating unconscious bias. Marguerite also teaches law-based course at Wheelock College.

VENU GUPTA

DIRECTOR

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Venu Gupta is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Ms. Gupta is a leader with 15+ years’ experience building strong teams, turning around fundraising to achieve multi-million dollar wins, and implementing strategy for focused, forward-thinking nonprofits. Ms. Gupta currently is the Midwest Development Director for Mother Jones. Prior to this, Ms. Gupta was Vice President of Development at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she led a team that increased revenue 70% over 4 years. She came to fundraising from a career building diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments for racially and ethnically diverse lawyers. Ms. Gupta was the Executive Director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms for seven years, and before this, the Director of Diversity Education & Outreach at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  She practiced briefly at Sachnoff & Weaver (Reed Smith LLP) after clerking for The Honorable David H. Coar of the Northern District of Illinois.

 

In addition to Free Speech For People, Ms. Gupta serves on the board of Chicago Women in Philanthropy and IGROW Chicago. Ms. Gupta is a graduate of both Harvard Law School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She lives in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and shares a home with her husband, two kids, the best au pair in the world, and father-in-law and lives two blocks away from her parents. Ms. Gupta aspires to live in radical love, communal healing, and collective power.

 

JOIA MUKHERJEE

DIRECTOR

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Dr. Joia Mukherjee is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Dr. Mukherjee is a physician, clinical researcher, and educator trained in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and public health at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She founded and directs the Masters in Medical Science in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mukherjee mentors residents in the Global Health Equity program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellows from Children’s Hospital and other Harvard teaching hospitals.  She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery, and human rights to health professionals and students from around the world. She is the author of Introduction to Global Health Delivery: Practice, Equity, Human Rights, a textbook published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Mukherjee’s academic scholarship focuses on the treatment of HIV, TB, mental health and the strengthing of health systems in impoverished settings.  She is also a sought after teacher in human rights.

 

Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health, an international medical charity with programs in the United States, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Navajo nation.  As Chief Medical Officer of PIH, Joia coordinates and supports PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest and most vulnerable. She advises various grassroots organizations throughout the world and has consulted for the World Health Organization and other international agencies on health systems strengthening, human resources for health, the treatment of HIV, and the treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis in impoverished settings. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and health delivery work, and holds four honorary degrees. Dr. Mukherjee is an activist, singer, and mother who believes the world can and must change.

DEBORAH HAYES STONE

DIRECTOR

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Deborah Hayes Stone is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors.  Ms. Hayes Stone is a clinical psychologist who received her BA from Brown University in Comparative Literature, and PsyD in Child-Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University.  She has a private practice in the Boston metro-west area in which she sees adults and teens.

In addition to serving on Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors, Ms. Hayes Stone also serves on the Board of Trustees of Partners In Health, an international non-profit organization working in settings of poverty around the world to build health systems and provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.  As a Trustee of Partners In Health, Ms. Hayes Stone is engaged with the organization’s mental health work in Haiti, Rwanda, and across its other sites.  Further, Ms. Hayes Stone serves on the Board of Poetry in America, a new public television series and multi-platform digital initiative that brings poetry into classrooms and living rooms around the world.

JENNIFER TAUB

DIRECTOR

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Jennifer Taub is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Jennifer Taub is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, where she teaches courses in Contracts, Corporations, Securities Regulation, and White Collar Crime. Formerly an associate general counsel at Fidelity Investments, she is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. Her research focuses on corporate governance and financial market regulation. Professor Taub is the author of the book Other People’s Houses (Yale Press 2014) which suggests that the 2008 crisis was a repeat performance of the S&L debacle of the 1980s. In 2016, she testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs concerning bank capital and liquidity requirements and before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services concerning capital formation, transparency, and regulatory accountability.  She is also the co-author of Corporate and White Collar Crime, Cases and Materials6th ed. (Wolters Kluwer 2017). In addition to scholarly publications in journals and peer-reviewed books, her writing has been featured on a variety of blogs including the New York Times’ Dealbook and the Baseline Scenario. She has served as a legal analyst on CNN and has been interviewed for print, radio and video media including by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBSMoneyWatch, MarketPlace Radio, WNYC, New England Public Radio, and Vermont Public Radio.

Ben Binswanger, Director

Ben Binswanger is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. He has held senior leadership positions in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Binswanger began his career as a political consultant for numerous Democratic candidates, and worked for more than five years as Senator Edward Kennedy’s senior political advisor in Washington.

After serving as the senior communications officer at Telespectrum Worldwide, a publicly traded direct marketing company, Mr. Binswanger joined America Online, Inc. (AOL) in 1999 as vice president for corporate communications. At AOL, he managed a variety of communications projects for Steve Case and other executives, launched the company’s first employee intranet, and then managed AOL and Time Warner’s employee giving and volunteer programs after the merger of the two companies.

In 2003, Mr. Binswanger became the Chief Operating Officer of the Case Foundation, a private family foundation focused on supporting social innovators and investing in the integration of civic engagement and social media.  He later joined the Skoll Foundation as Vice President for Program and Impact, managing a team dedicated to advancing the work of later stage social entrepreneurs from around the globe.

Mr. Binswanger has also served on the boards of Demos, the National Voting Rights Institute, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and Network for Good. Back to top.

JohnBonifaz-NewJohn Bonifaz, Co-Founder and President

John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People.  Mr. Bonifaz previously served as the Executive Director and then General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded in 1994, and as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization.  Mr. Bonifaz has been at the forefront of key voting rights battles in the country for more than two decades: pioneering a series of court challenges, applying political equality principles, that have helped to redefine the campaign finance question as a basic voting rights issue of our time; initiating and leading a legal strategy for revisiting Buckley v. Valeo in the courts; leading the fight in the federal courts in Ohio for a recount of the 2004 presidential vote in that state; and prevailing in federal court in Pennsylvania on the eve of the 2008 election to ensure that Pennsylvania voters would receive emergency paper ballots when they faced long lines caused by voting machine breakdowns.  In addition to his work in the field of voting rights and democracy advocacy, Mr. Bonifaz has also served as co-counsel in international human rights and environmental litigation, including litigation to hold the Chevron-Texaco oil company accountable for its widespread destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Mr. Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Back to top.

Picture1Ben Clements, Chair of the Board; Chair of the Board’s Legal Committee 

Ben Clements serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Free Speech For People, as well as Chair of the Board’s Legal Committee and a member of the Legal Advisory Committee.  Mr. Clements is a former federal prosecutor and a former Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.  He is a founding partner of the Boston law firm, Clements & Pineault, LLP, representing persons and entities in white collar criminal proceedings, state and federal enforcement proceedings, complex business litigation, and appeals, and providing advice in connection with political campaigns, government ethics, and related areas.  His clients have included business executives and professionals, senior government officials, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, non-profit institutions, and state and federal governments.  Mr. Clements is a member of the board and a legal advisor to the anti-gun violence organization, Stop Handgun Violence, and a member of the advisory committee to the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society.  He has also worked closely and collaborated with a variety of other legal and advocacy organizations, including Common Cause of Massachusetts and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  Mr. Clements previously served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Task Force on Public Integrity, a bi-partisan committee that led to landmark legislation overhauling the state ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance laws.  Mr. Clements graduated from Dartmouth College (cum laude) and Cornell Law School (summa cum laude). Back to top.

Marguerite Dorn, Treasurer

Marguerite Dorn serves as the Treasurer of Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors. Ms. Dorn is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School. She began her law career with the Boston firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, and she remained in private practice for seven years.

The bulk of Ms. Dorn’s career has been built in public international law. Ms. Dorn has taught at both Suffolk University Law School (where she founded the International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Project) and at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She directed programs at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights; led a fact-finding mission to South Africa; oversaw student-based research and writing for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; and acted as a trial monitor for the ground-breaking decision in Akeyesu (first international decision establishing rape as a war crime).

In 2010, Ms. Dorn founded a consulting and coaching firm that focuses on women’s leadership and advancement. Marguerite’s work addresses the barriers that impede women’s progress, primarily in the workplace. Her firm offers training, presentation, coaching, consulting and scholarship, with emphasis on optimizing work-family blending, maximizing communication skills, and navigating unconscious bias. Marguerite also teaches law-based course at Wheelock College. Back to top.

Greg Moore-140x160Greg Moore, Director

Greg Moore is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Mr. Moore is one of the nation’s leading voting rights leaders and advocates. Dating back to 1983, Mr. Moore has a long and distinguished history of political empowerment and issue advocacy, serving in a number of various leadership positions throughout his many years of grassroots organizing and program development at the local, state and national level.  This history includes serving as the Executive Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund; Senior Strategist for the Democracy Initiative; the Legislative Director (93-94) and Chief of Staff (98-01) to former Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus; and the Executive Director of the Citizenship Education Fund, the civic educational arm of the National Rainbow Coalition. Mr. Moore is also the President and CEO of GTM Consulting Services, a Washington, DC and Cleveland, Ohio based political consulting firm that specializes in program development, public-policy analysis, issue advocacy and election services. Mr. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio University where he majored in Organizational Communications. He has lectured on several college campuses and in communities across the county over his long career in advocating for issues related to equal educational opportunity, civil rights, voting rights and democratic reform. Back to top.

Joia Mukherjee, Director

Dr. Joia Mukherjee is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Dr. Mukherjee is a physician, clinical researcher, and educator trained in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and public health at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She founded and directs the Masters in Medical Science in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mukherjee mentors residents in the Global Health Equity program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellows from Children’s Hospital and other Harvard teaching hospitals.  She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery, and human rights to health professionals and students from around the world. She is the author of Introduction to Global Health Delivery: Practice, Equity, Human Rights, a textbook published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Mukherjee’s academic scholarship focuses on the treatment of HIV, TB, mental health and the strengthing of health systems in impoverished settings.  She is also a sought after teacher in human rights.

Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health, an international medical charity with programs in the United States, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Navajo nation.  As Chief Medical Officer of PIH, Joia coordinates and supports PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest and most vulnerable. She advises various grassroots organizations throughout the world and has consulted for the World Health Organization and other international agencies on health systems strengthening, human resources for health, the treatment of HIV, and the treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis in impoverished settings. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and health delivery work, and holds four honorary degrees. Dr. Mukherjee is an activist, singer, and mother who believes the world can and must change. Back to top.

Stephanie Sanchez, Director

Stephanie Sanchez is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Ms. Sanchez is a dedicated public servant with extensive experience in government.  Most recently, Ms. Sanchez worked with Stand For Children in Massachusetts as the Campaign Manager to launch a high-quality Pre-K campaign and as the Boston Director organizing parents to become better advocates for their children in the Boston public school system.  Prior to that, in 2013-14, she served as the Campaign Manager for the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s Patient Safety Act and Hospital Financial Transparency ballot initiatives. In 2012, Ms. Sanchez helped elect Elizabeth Warren to the US Senate while also serving as a strategic advisor for Marjorie Decker’s successful election as a Massachusetts State Representative.  After graduating in 2005 from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Stephanie managed Marjorie’s re-elections in 2005, 2007 and 2009 to the Cambridge City Council.

Before graduating from the Kennedy School of Government, Stephanie served as the Executive Director of the College Democrats of America at the Democratic National Committee.  In that capacity, she also served as the advisor to the DNC Chairman on Youth Outreach.  In 2000 and 2002, Ms. Sanchez was the Democratic nominee for the US House of Representatives from Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District.

She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and served as president of the Connecticut Young Democrats.  Prior to running for Congress, Stephanie served as a Selectwoman in  Greenwich from 1997 to 1999. Ms. Sanchez attended Phillips Academy Andover and following a year abroad at Cambridge University in England, graduated from Brown University. Back to top.

Deborah Hayes Stone, Director

Deborah Hayes Stone is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors.  Ms. Hayes Stone is a clinical psychologist who received her BA from Brown University in Comparative Literature, and PsyD in Child-Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University.  She has a private practice in the Boston metro-west area in which she sees adults and teens.

In addition to serving on Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors, Ms. Hayes Stone also serves on the Board of Trustees of Partners In Health, an international non-profit organization working in settings of poverty around the world to build health systems and provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.  As a Trustee of Partners In Health, Ms. Hayes Stone is engaged with the organization’s mental health work in Haiti, Rwanda, and across its other sites.  Further, Ms. Hayes Stone serves on the Board of Poetry in America, a new public television series and multi-platform digital initiative that brings poetry into classrooms and living rooms around the world. Back to top.

Jennifer Taub, Director

Jennifer Taub is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Jennifer Taub is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, where she teaches courses in Contracts, Corporations, Securities Regulation, and White Collar Crime. Formerly an associate general counsel at Fidelity Investments, she is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. Her research focuses on corporate governance and financial market regulation. Professor Taub is the author of the book Other People’s Houses (Yale Press 2014) which suggests that the 2008 crisis was a repeat performance of the S&L debacle of the 1980s. In 2016, she testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs concerning bank capital and liquidity requirements and before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services concerning capital formation, transparency, and regulatory accountability.  She is also the co-author of Corporate and White Collar Crime, Cases and Materials6th ed. (Wolters Kluwer 2017). In addition to scholarly publications in journals and peer-reviewed books, her writing has been featured on a variety of blogs including the New York Times’ Dealbook and the Baseline Scenario. She has served as a legal analyst on CNN and has been interviewed for print, radio and video media including by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBSMoneyWatch, MarketPlace Radio, WNYC, New England Public Radio, and Vermont Public Radio. Back to top.

Staff

JOHN BONIFAZ

CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

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John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People. Mr. Bonifaz previously served as the Executive Director and then General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded in 1994, and as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization. Mr. Bonifaz has been at the forefront of key voting rights battles in the country for more than two decades: pioneering a series of court challenges, applying political equality principles, that have helped to redefine the campaign finance question as a basic voting rights issue of our time; initiating and leading a legal strategy for revisiting Buckley v. Valeo in the courts; leading the fight in the federal courts in Ohio for a recount of the 2004 presidential vote in that state; and prevailing in federal court in Pennsylvania on the eve of the 2008 election to ensure that Pennsylvania voters would receive emergency paper ballots when they faced long lines caused by voting machine breakdowns. In addition to his work in the field of voting rights and democracy advocacy, Mr. Bonifaz has also served as co-counsel in international human rights and environmental litigation, including litigation to hold the Chevron-Texaco oil company accountable for its widespread destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Mr. Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

OSKE BUCKLEY

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

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Oske Buckley is the Director of Administration and Finance for Free Speech For People. Ms. Buckley has served as the Administrative Assistant for Voter Action. Prior to joining Voter Action, Ms. Buckley worked as the Development Associate and Administrative Associate for the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, where she managed the organization’s donor database, engaged in event planning, coordinated and supervised volunteers, and carried out numerous administrative responsibilities. Ms. Buckley received her BA from Hendrix College in 2005, MPA from Evergreen State College in 2013, and holds a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) certificate.

Gillian Cassell-Stiga

Special Counsel

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Gillian Cassell-Stiga is Special Counsel for Free Speech For People. Previously, Ms. Cassell-Stiga was an associate at Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP in New York, where she litigated federal civil rights cases nationally, with particular focus on speech and assembly, police misconduct and excessive force, and conditions of confinement. Notably, Ms. Cassell-Stiga investigated and brought class action litigation against the City of New York on behalf of individuals denied rights under the US Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act after their arrest.  She also represented women subject to sexual assault while confined in federal facilities, pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act and Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents. Additionally, Ms. Cassell-Stiga has worked in corporate governance, human rights, and nonprofit strategy for fifteen years and presently serves on the board of not-for-profits providing innovative human rights and youth development programs worldwide.  Ms. Cassell-Stiga obtained a M.P.A from The Harvard Kennedy School, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business.

STEVE COBBLE

SENIOR POLITICAL ADVISOR

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Steve Cobble is the Senior Political Advisor for Free Speech For People. Mr Cobble is also an Assistant Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Mr. Cobble is a longtime activist on both voting and campaign finance reform issues. He is a co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org and Progressive Democrats of America, and has written for The Nation, HuffingtonPost, TomPaine.com, The Progressive, and many other magazines and newspapers. Mr. Cobble is a former Political Director and speechwriter for the National Rainbow Coalition, served as the National Delegate Coordinator for Jackson for President ’88, and directed the Keep Hope Alive PAC. He has worked on electoral campaigns at every level from state legislature to mayor to Congress to Senate, and has had a serious role in seven presidential campaigns, from McGovern to Kucinich. Mr. Cobble once directed the Arca Foundation, served as a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and conducted election training workshops for the African National Congress in South Africa in 1991.

EDWARD ERIKSON

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

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Edward Erikson is a Communications Consultant for Free Speech For People. He is the Founder and President of Erikson Communications Group.  Mr. Erikson specializes in the integration of social, earned and paid media across all platforms in order to tell stories, engage people and advance issues. He has been featured in CNN, Politico, Huffington Post, TechPresident, Bill Moyers and other outlets. He has taught courses in Political Theory, American Political Thought, Media and Politics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was the recipient of the 2012/2013 Distinguished Teaching Award. He received his MA in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.

RON FEIN

LEGAL DIRECTOR

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Ron Fein is the Legal Director for Free Speech For People. Mr. Fein previously served as Assistant Regional Counsel in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office, where he received the EPA’s National Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, the National Notable Achievement Award, and several other awards. Mr. Fein supervised the office’s Clean Air Act practice and won several major cases, including a first-in-nation air quality permit for an offshore wind farm and a nationally recognized settlement requiring a power plant to virtually eliminate its use of a local river. Mr. Fein previously clerked for the Honorable Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable Douglas Woodlock of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  He has also worked as an independent consultant to non-profits, as deputy campaign manager of a congressional campaign, and in software development, for which he was awarded nine patents. Mr. Fein graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School and summa cum laude from Harvard College.

SUSAN GREENHALGH

SENIOR ADVISOR ON ELECTION SECURITY

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Susan Greenhalgh is the Senior Advisor on Election Security for Free Speech For People. Ms. Greenhalgh has previously served as vice president of programs at Verified Voting and at the National Election Defense Coalition, advocating for secure election protocols, paper ballot voting systems and post-election audits. Recognized as an expert on election security, she has been invited to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has been an invited speaker at meetings of the MITRE Corporation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Mid-West Election Officials Conference, the International Association of Government Officials, the Election Verification Network and the E-Vote-ID conference in Bregenz, Austria. She is a frequent source for reporters from TheNew York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, USAToday, Associated Press, National Public Radio and other leading news outlets. She has appeared on CNN and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, and various other television news shows. She has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Vermont.

ROSEMARY HAMINGTON

ADMINISTRATIVE AND DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

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Rosemary Hamington is the Administrative and Development Assistant for Free Speech For People.  Ms. Hamington has a Masters in Music from the University of Illinois and a B.M. from Western Washington University.  After hurricane Harvey hit in Houston, she decided to focus more on helping her community.  This is why she started volunteering at the Houston Food Bank as a Data Entry Assistant for their donor services department.  She also served an AmeriCorps term of 1,700 hours as Volunteer Engagement Specialist with Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity in the Seattle area.  Some highlights of this role were conducting volunteer orientations, and planning volunteer appreciation events, week-long volunteering trips for college students nationwide, and a film series with discussions about affordable housing.  Her other administrative experience includes working for H&R Block as a Client Service Professional.

COURTNEY HOSTETLER

SENIOR COUNSEL

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Courtney Hostetler is the Counsel for Free Speech For People. Previously, Ms. Hostetler served as staff attorney for South Coastal Counties Legal Services, where she helped low-income clients recover damages for wage theft and employment discrimination, and obtained special education services for traumatized children. Ms. Hostetler also worked at Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLC and ACLU Massachusetts, where she focused on eliminating discriminatory discipline practices in public schools. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hostetler managed the Close Up Foundation’s national youth voting program and worked as a research analyst for the Genocide Intervention Network. Ms. Hostetler clerked for the Honorable James L. Dennis of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Hostetler graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Phil from Oxford University, and a B.A. from Colgate University.

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