Author Archives: Shanna Cleveland

Constitutional Scholars Weigh in on Exxon’s Flawed First Amendment Claims

Exxon–the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company–has come under fire for the dramatic differences between the company’s internal knowledge and assessments of climate change versus how it has communicated that information to investors, consumers, and the public at … More »

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Public Advocate Letitia James Introduces Bill to Fight Foreign Influence in NYC Elections

On August 8, 2018, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James introduced a proposed local law that prohibits foreign-influenced entities from spending money in New York City elections. We worked closely with the NYC Public Advocate’s office in drafting this legislation, modeled off of a similar law we recently helped to enact in St. Petersburg, Florida. More »

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Protecting the Promise of the 14th Amendment

July 28 marked the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 14th Amendment not only granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, but it granted all people … More »

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FSFP Files Amended FEC Complaint in McDougal Case

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal may have settled her case with National Enquirer owner American Media, Inc., but the evidence that the initial payment to her from the publisher  violated campaign finance laws get stronger almost daily. Today, Free Speech … More »

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Contaminating the Courts: Fighting Back Against a Corporate Campaign to Attack the Environment

As Earth Day approaches, it’s time to take a look at an insidious attack on the environment that’s been spreading in recent years: a coordinated corporate campaign to undo protections for consumers and the environment by contaminating the courts with … More »

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Not So Fast Sheriff Joe

Ninth Circuit appoints special prosecutor in Arpaio Appeal of Criminal Contempt Conviction Today, the Ninth Circuit issued an order appointing a special prosecutor to defend the district court’s decision denying former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s attempt to vacate his conviction for … More »

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