Category: Challenging Foreign Influence

VIDEO: Free Speech For People And Our Fight To End Foreign-Influenced Corporate Spending in Our 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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FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein Submits Testimony on Proposed Bill to Limit Political Spending by Foreign-Influenced Corporations in Colorado.

On Thursday, March 18, Legal Director Ron Fein submitted written testimony on a proposed bill that could limit political spending by foreign-influenced corporations in Colorado. The bill, SB21-177, provides a productive starting point for comprehensive legislation to challenge foreign-influenced corporations from interfering in Colorado state elections. Fein’s remarks detail a number of amendments that would
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FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein Discusses The City of Seattle’s Clean Campaigns Act and The Fight to End Political Donations By Foreign-Influenced Corporations on Democracy Nerd.

FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein recently appeared on Democracy Nerd to discuss the city of Seattle’s Clean Campaigns Act and the fight to end political spending by foreign-influenced corporations. “The Citizens United decision described corporations as associations of citizens, which is not really true of most publicly traded corporations,” said Fein. Last year the Seattle
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FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein Discusses Political Spending By Foreign-Influenced Corporations And The Fight To Get Money Out of Our Political System on Maine Challenge.

FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein recently appeared on Maine Challenge to discuss foreign-influenced corporate spending in elections and the fight to get money out of our political system. “One of the issues that we at Free Speech For People have been working on is this issue of corporate political spending in those cases where the
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FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein To Testify On Proposed Bills To Limit Political Spending By Foreign-Influenced Corporations in Maine.

On Monday, March 15, Legal Director Ron Fein will provide live testimony on a number of proposed bills that could limit political spending by foreign-influenced corporations in Maine. One of the proposed bills, LD 479, provides a productive starting point for comprehensive legislation to challenge foreign-influenced corporations from interfering in Maine state elections. Fein’s remarks
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Abolish Super PACs, Ban Foreign Corporate Money, State Legislators Introduce Two Bills to Protect Election Integrity in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA – State legislators have introduced two bills in the Massachusetts Legislature to abolish super PACs and to prohibit spending by foreign-influenced corporations in Massachusetts elections.  State Senator Jo Comerford is the lead sponsor of Senate bill SD 634, State Senator Mark Montigny is the lead sponsor of Senate Bill SD 759, and State
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Free Speech For People applauds provision in Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act banning political spending by foreign-influenced corporations

Free Speech For People applauds a provision in the newly-proposed Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act (S.5070/H.R.9029), introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Pramila Jayapal, that prohibits political spending by corporations partially owned by foreign investors. The bill follows a model established by Seattle’s Clean Campaigns Ordinance (enacted in January 2020), as well as legislation
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New York State Senate Considers Ban On Foreign-Influenced Corporate Spending In State Elections

Following in the footsteps of Seattle and St. Petersburg, FL, the Democracy Preservation Act seeks to ban political contributions from foreign-influenced corporations in New York The New York State Senate is considering a bill that would ban foreign-influenced corporations from contributing to political campaigns. The proposed legislation, introduced by Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris, goes
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Maryland Lawmakers Consider Bill to Prohibit Election Spending by Foreign-Influenced Corporations

Maryland’s lawmakers are current considering an important bill that would prohibit spending by foreign-influenced corporations in Maryland elections. Although the legislation is still in early stages, Maryland has taken an important step toward protecting the state’s democratic self-government. The legislation, introduced in the House of Delegates by Delegate Julie Palakovich-Carr (H.B. 34) and in the
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Pacific Legal Foundation Blatantly Misrepresents Seattle’s New Campaign Finance Law

The Pacific Legal Foundation recently posted a criticism of bold new Seattle law, part of a larger package known as the Clean Campaigns Act, that bans political spending by foreign-influenced corporations. Unfortunately, the Pacific Legal Foundation has blatantly misrepresented the law. In Seattle, the Pacific Legal Foundation may be best known for its unsuccessful (so
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