Latest Developments

New report explains why states can enforce Fourteenth Amendment’s Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause without any new federal legislation

Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment (the Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause) bars insurrectionists from public office. It is sometimes suggested that enforcing Section 3 against those involved in the January 6, 2021 insurrection–such as former president Donald Trump– would require new federal legislation. Free Speech For People has issued a report, co-written with Professor Gerard Magliocca
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“It’s absolutely absurd”: FSFP Senior Advisor on Election Security Susan Greenhalgh Featured in the Los Angeles Times on Trump Allies’ Multi-State Effort to Access Election Systems and the DOJ’s Failure to Investigate Potential Crimes.

The LA Times recently published a new piece on Trump allies’ multi-state effort to access election systems and the apparent lack of a federal probe into the matter. The piece features contributions from FSFP Senior Advisor on Election Security Susan Greenhalgh. “If this was the electrical grid or nuclear energy plants, or the water supply,
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Big Tech And Our Democracy: FSFP Holds Briefing On Amicus Brief in Gonzalez v Google, and the Big Tech Accountability Act

Free Speech For People recently held an online briefing to discuss the organization’s amicus brief in the pending case before the Supreme Court, Gonzalez v Google, and the Big Tech Accountability Act. Last December, FSFP filed a friend of the court brief in support of the petitioners in this case following a Ninth Circuit Court
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VICTORY: Court Denies Arizona’s Move to Toss Lawsuit Challenging Anti-Voter Law

Washington, D.C. – On February 16, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona denied the State of Arizona’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging two recently enacted anti-voter laws, H.B. 2492 and H.B. 2243, for imposing severe, arbitrary and discriminatory burdens on Arizona voters that undermine their freedom to vote and violate federal law. “We have a choice between
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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Hears Oral Arguments on The Proposed Ballot Measure to Ban Super PACs in Massachusetts

Free Speech For People and Equal Citizens appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday for oral arguments in two lawsuits on behalf of individual voters in the state challenging the Massachusetts Attorney General’s rejection of an initiative petition to limit contributions to super PACs (which are currently unlimited) to $5,000 per individual donor. The
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Major voting rights victory: Federal court rejects extremists’ attempt to defeat voter intimidation lawsuit

A federal judge in Colorado has rejected efforts by individuals involved with the United States Election Integrity Plan (USEIP), an extremist organization with ties to QAnon and the January 6 insurrection, to defeat a lawsuit seeking to stop their illegal voter intimidation campaign in Colorado. Background The lawsuit—filed by Free Speech For People and the
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Oral Arguments over Proposed Ballot Measure to Limit Super PAC Contributions

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments on February 6 from legal advocates challenging the Attorney General’s rejection of Initiative Petition 22-01 in two distinct lawsuits. The petition called for a ballot initiative that, if passed, would limit contributions to independent expenditure PACs, commonly called “super PACs,” to $5,000 per individual per calendar
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FSFP Calls on US Commission on Civil Rights to Revoke Appointment of Election Denier Cleta Mitchell to the Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors

On January 24, 2023, Free Speech For People issued a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights urging it to withdraw its November 2021 appointment of Cleta Mitchell to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Board of Advisors.  In 2021, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights appointed Trump lawyer and election denier Cleta Mitchell to
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Free Speech For People Calls on Attorney General and Senate Judiciary Committee to Open Immediate Investigation into New Kavanaugh Allegations

Free Speech For People today issued a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, and Ranking Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, calling for immediate and thorough investigations into sexual misconduct, perjury, and conspiracy to obstruct a congressional proceeding involving Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  The new allegations were raised in filmmaker Doug
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Schiff, Phillips, Jayapal, McGovern Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Rein In Unrestricted Campaign Spending

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced the Democracy For All Amendment at the start of the 118th Congress, which would overturn legal precedents that have allowed unrestrained campaign spending and dark money to corrupt American democracy. The Democracy for All Amendment would overturn Citizens United v. FEC – ahead
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