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Free Speech For People’s Statement on Preliminary Injunction Ruling in Case Re Maine’s Ban on Foreign Government Corporate Spending in Elections

On Thursday, the federal district court in Maine granted a group of corporate plaintiffs’ motions to temporarily block a historic ballot measure prohibiting foreign government-influenced corporations from unlimited spending in Maine state and local elections. Thursday’s ruling, which is only temporary, will stop this important protection from going into effect while a full legal challenge
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Illinois Court Rules Trump Disqualified for Engaging in Insurrection, Cannot Appear on Illinois Ballots

CHICAGO–In a historic ruling, Judge Tracie Porter of the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois ruled today that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection and is disqualified from the presidency under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment (the Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause). This makes Illinois the third state (after Colorado and Maine) to rule that Trump is
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Free Speech For People Seeking Public Interest Legal Fellow

Free Speech For People is seeking a post-graduate legal fellow (either a current 3L, judicial clerk, or public interest fellow at another public interest organization), preferably with constitutional law, social justice, and/or election law experience, to join a cutting-edge non-profit fighting for democracy for a one-year fully-funded legal fellowship with potential, contingent on funding, to
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USA TODAY: Hawaii Advances Bill to Bar Multinational Corporations from Spending Money to Influence Elections

The USA Today reports that Hawaii is advancing new legislation (SB3243) to protect state and local elections from foreign-influenced corporations: State Senator Chris Lee, the bill’s sponsor, says the bill is “basically a mechanism to ensure that foreign influence doesn’t penetrate our elections in Hawaii.” “We have a lot of foreign activity in Hawaii being
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Free Speech For People’s Statement on the New York State Court Decision Against Trump for Fraud and Our Yearslong Advocacy to the New York Attorney General

NEW YORK–Today, a New York state court issued a 92-page decision finding that disgraced ex-president Donald Trump and the Trump Organization engaged in persistent fraud, fined Trump $355 million, and banned him from serving as an officer or director at the Trump Organization or any other New York company, or applying for loans from any
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Voter Suppression Trial Wraps Up in Texas

The US District Court in San Antonio heard closing arguments this week in our lawsuit against Texas to challenge key provisions of SB 1, one of the harshest and most sweeping pieces of voter suppression legislation in decades. During the trial, we heard testimony from voters who struggled to vote due to the barriers imposed
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Judicial Crisis, Senate Action Letter

Full Letter | Judicial Crisis Wednesday, January 31, 2024 Dear Leader Schumer and Chair Durbin, We write to express our grave concern regarding the revelations and allegations surrounding special interest judicial influence, corruption, lack of ethical standards, and apparent lawbreaking by justices on the Supreme Court. These revelations have severe and far-reaching consequences on the
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Former state supreme court justices urge U.S. Supreme Court to affirm Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling finding Trump disqualified under Fourteenth Amendment

A group of former state supreme court justices filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in Trump v. Anderson urging the Court to affirm the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that Donald Trump is disqualified under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. The justices served as associate and chief justices of state supreme courts
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Free Speech For People Statement on Illinois State Officers Electoral Board Decision

CHICAGO — The Illinois State Officers Electoral Board rejected today a challenge, under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, to Donald Trump’s eligibility to appear on the state’s presidential primary and general election ballot, which a diverse group of Illinois voters initiated on January 4, 2024. The challengers will immediately appeal and expect the issues
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