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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

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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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Today, ask Congressman Jim McGovern anything, on Reddit

Update: the AMA is now live, here.

Later today, there’s a great opportunity to have your questions about the campaign for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United answered by our champion on Capitol Hill, Rep. Jim McGovern.

Rep. Jim McGovern will be hosting an “Ask Me Anything” session on the website Reddit, from 3pm to 4pm eastern time (12 noon to 1pm Pacific time) today.

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New York Times: Citizens United-enabled “Secret Donors Finance Fight Against Hagel”

A top story in the Sunday Times detailed how secret donors are exploiting their ability to give large sums anonymously, post-Citizens-United, to mount an unusually aggressive campaign to defeat the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) for Secretary of Defense. Here are a few key excerpts (emphasis in bold is added).

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Maine citizens rally for a constitutional amendment, with bipartisan support

This has been a busy week, with the McGovern bills being introduced and with our White House petition hitting the 25k threshold.

Another big deal this week was a rally in Augusta, Maine, organized by our friends at Maine Citizens For Clean Elections, in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Our co-founder and President, Jeff Clements, participated, and there was a terrific turnout. The campaign for an amendment is well underway in Maine, with bipartisan support.

Here are excerpts from a few great press clips on it:

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Groups Energized by Amendments to Overturn Citizens United, Bipartisan Support, Enthusiastic “Netroots” Response

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2012

Groups Energized by Introduction of Constitutional Amendments to Overturn Citizens United

As Grassroots Movement Grows, Amendments Receive Bipartisan Support, Enthusiastic “Netroots” Response

Washington, DC. – Free Speech For People joined with others in applauding yesterday’s introduction in Congress of two Constitutional amendments bills to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

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Voting Rights and Money Out of Politics Movements Form Historic Democracy Coalition

Miles Mogulescu has good piece up on Huffington Post covering the signficance of this weekend’s events, which we are co-sponsoring, jointly remembering the Citizens United anniversary and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Here it is:

Voting Rights and Money Out of Politics Movements Form Historic Democracy Coalition
Posted: 01/18/2013 4:16 pm

American democracy is under threat from two powerful sources:

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