Category: Defending Key Reforms

WATCH: Seattle City Council Discusses Clean Campaigns Act

Last week, Free Speech For People President John Bonifaz and FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein spent two days in Seattle advocating for the Clean Campaigns Act, Councilmember Lorena González’s landmark campaign finance legislation. The model bill, which we helped to draft, would end super PACs and foreign-influenced corporate spending in city elections. After joining Councilmember
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WATCH: Ron Fein Discusses Seattle Legislation to End Super PACs and Stop Foreign-Influenced Corporate Spending To Influence Local Elections

FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein joined John Iadarola on The Damage Report to discuss Seattle’s proposed legislation to end foreign-influenced corporate political spending and super PACs in local elections.  “The legislation has two main parts. One of them is to define a foreign-influenced corporation as one that has a percentage of foreign investment as small
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Washington State PDC Issues Letter To Support Seattle’s Defend Our Democracy Ordinance

SEATTLE, WA (September 10, 2019) — The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission has issued a letter to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission to support the goals of the Defend our Democracy ordinance that would abolish super PACs and prohibit spending by foreign-influenced corporations in local elections. The proposed legislation, presented last month to the
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Washington Supreme Court Rules in Favor of “Democracy Voucher” Program

The Washington Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the Honest Elections Seattle initiative (I-22), which created the city’s “democracy voucher” program. The public campaign financing program, instituted in 2015 and first used two years later, provides eligible Seattle residents with four $25 vouchers that they can use to support the candidates of their choice
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Victory: Corporate Challenge to Contribution Ban Fails as U.S. Supreme Court Lets Massachusetts Decision Stand

We recently celebrated a victory as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear 1A Auto, Inc. v. Sullivan, a challenge to a Massachusetts state law banning corporate contributions to political candidates. Free Speech For People worked with Common Cause Massachusetts on an amicus brief in the state supreme court. The corporate challenge Massachusetts has prohibited
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Podcast: Centering Marginalized Communities

Our Democracy Honors Fellow Jasmine Gomez joined Allie Boldt (from Demos) joined Laura Friedy on the Every Voice Podcast on how to take an intersectional approach to money in politics to bring new and necessary voices to the movement.  Jasmine and Allie discussed their new framework for ensuring that historically marginalized communities — like communities
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Register Here for a National Conference Call on Inclusivity and Intersectionality in the Pro-Democracy Movement

Come join our free national video call to discuss the importance of using an intersectional lens within the Pro-Democracy and Amendment Movements.   The goal of these webinars is to give activists who are involved in passing the 28th amendment, or who are involved more broadly in democracy reform, tools to make our movement more intersectional
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Democracy by the People

A legal symposium co-sponsored by Seton Hall University School of Law and Free Speech For People Friday, April 1, 2016 9am – 4:45pm8:30am Continental Breakfast Seton Hall University School of LawNewark, New Jersey This symposium will bring together leading scholars from across the country to help develop new thinking and proposed solutions for overhauling our nation’s campaign finance
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Money in Politics as a Civil Rights Issue

Big money interests increasingly dominate our election process and threaten the basic promise of American democracy: political equality for all.  Like the poll tax of the past, today’s campaign finance system operates as a barrier to equal and meaningful participation in the political process.  This special forum will address the question of money in politics from
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Money In Politics as a Civil Rights Issue A Special Forum in Durham, North Carolina

Free Speech For People in partnership with   Democracy North Carolina The Institute For Southern StudiesNorth Carolina Voters For Clean ElectionsSouthern Coalition for Social Justiceand the American Constitution Society law student chapters at Duke Law School,NCCU School of Law, and UNC School of Law This special forum entitled “Money In Politics as a Civil Rights Issue”,  was hosted at the Hayti
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