Latest Developments

FSFP Welcomes Our 2021 Summer Legal Advocacy Program Interns!

Free Speech For People is pleased to announce our summer 2021 Legal Advocacy Program interns! We appreciate the talent, time, and commitment to defending our democracy that these law students bring to the Free Speech For People team. Learn more about our new Legal Advocacy Program interns below! Analiese Batchelor is a rising second-year student
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WATCH: New York Democracy Preservation Act Virtual Town Hall – May 13, 2021

Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, foreign-influenced corporations have spent millions to sway elections in New York. Take Airbnb, for example: the home-sharing platform, partly owned by a Russian oligarch’s venture fund, funneled $11M into a super PAC to defeat legislators seeking to impose restrictions on the company in 2016. But New
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Free Speech For People Denounces Florida Legislature’s Power Grab Against Cities and Counties

Cities and counties in Florida have long been empowered through principles of home rule to enact their own local campaign finance laws. But the Florida governor recently signed a law, aimed directly at our success in St. Petersburg–where we helped develop and pass a groundbreaking ordinance that bans political spending by foreign-influenced corporations, and limits
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Federal Election Commission Deadlocks 3-3 on Free Speech For People’s Complaint Challenging Citgo’s Illegal Contribution to Trump Inaugural Committee

The Federal Election Commission divided 3-3 on Free Speech For People’s 2017 complaint against the oil company Citgo, its Venezuelan state-owned parent company, and President Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee. The FEC’s general counsel agreed with Free Speech For People that the companies and the inaugural committee violated a federal ban on donations to inaugural committees
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The Democracy Preservation Act: FSFP Mounting a Challenge Against Foreign Corporate Influence in New York Elections

Free Speech For People has been at the forefront in the fight to end foreign-influenced corporate campaign spending, researching, drafting, and advocating for legislation on all levels of government. We helped to successfully pass laws in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2017, and in Seattle, Washington in 2020. Seven states (Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New
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Susan Greenhalgh, FSFP Senior Advisor on Election Security, Testifies Against SB 21-188 Before Colorado General Assembly

In a public hearing before the State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of the Colorado General Assembly, Free Speech For People’s Senior Advisor on Election Security, submitted testimony in opposition to SB 21-188, a bill which would offer insecure, unauditable, online voting to voters with disabilities.  “Proponents of this bill suggest, erroneously, that secure
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FSFP Legal Counsel Courtney Hostetler Discusses The Equal Rights Amendment on The Damage Report.

FSFP Legal Counsel Courtney Hostetler recently appeared on The Damage Report to discuss the Equal Rights Amendment, the Constitutional amendment banning sex and gender discrimination. During the discussion with host John Iadarola, Hostetler discussed the Trump-era Department of Justice (DOJ) opinion that has, to date, blocked the publishing of the Amendment as the 28th Amendment
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FSFP Legal Director Submits Written Testimony To Support AB 20, The Corporate-Free Elections Act in California

Ron Fein, the Legal Director of Free Speech For People, submitted testimony in support of AB 20, the Corporate-Free Elections Act in California.  “I am the Legal Director of Free Speech For People, a national non-partisan nonprofit organization, that works to renew our democracy and to limit the influence of money in our elections. I
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FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein Discusses Foreign-Influenced Corporate Spending On Maine Public Radio.

Maine Public Radio recently published a segment on foreign-influenced corporate spending in elections which featured FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein. Throughout the segment, Fein discussed the need to fight against foreign influence in Maine, where a contentious ballot measure has prompted a state-wide discussion on the issue of democratic self-government. “Our position is that the
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