Author Archives: Ed Erikson

Following Amazon $1.5 Million Campaign to Try to Remake the Seattle City Council, Lawmakers Ban Foreign-Influenced Corporations from Spending in City Elections

The Seattle City Council voted 7-0 to pass landmark bill on Monday, effectively banning foreign corporate spending in city elections. SEATTLE, WA (January 13, 2020) – The Seattle City Council voted today to pass a landmark campaign finance law that … More »

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Lawmakers Seek to Close Loophole to Stop Foreign-Influenced Corporations From Influencing Maryland Elections

Delegate Palakovich Carr and Senator Lam Prefiled a Bill that would Protect Maryland Elections from Foreign-Influenced Corporations. ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 6, 2020) – Delegate Julie Palakovich Carr and Senator Clarence Lam prefiled a bill that would prohibit spending by foreign-influenced … More »

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WATCH: Seattle City Council Discusses Clean Campaigns Act

Last week, Free Speech For People President John Bonifaz and FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein spent two days in Seattle advocating for the Clean Campaigns Act, Councilmember Lorena González’s landmark campaign finance legislation. The model bill, which we helped to … More »

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POLL: 42 Percent of Americans Want Congress to Expand the Scope of the Impeachment Inquiry Beyond Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 22, 2019) – Public pressure is growing for Congress to expand the scope of its impeachment inquiry, according to a new poll conducted by Data for Progress. The poll found that 42 percent of American voters expressed … More »

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It’s Time for Speaker Pelosi to Give Her Full and Public Support to Impeachment Proceedings, A Statement from Ben Clements, Free Speech For People’s Board Chair

In the face of allegations that Donald Trump is yet again seeking to secure a presidential election with unlawful schemes – this time apparently with extortion and bribery of foreign leaders — all Nancy Pelosi can muster is a rehash … More »

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Washington Supreme Court Rules in Favor of “Democracy Voucher” Program

The Washington Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the Honest Elections Seattle initiative (I-22), which created the city’s “democracy voucher” program. The public campaign financing program, instituted in 2015 and first used two years later, provides eligible Seattle residents … More »

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