Category: Defending Key Reforms

Al Gore: “Corporations are not persons. Money is not speech.”

In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek interview, Former U.S Vice President Al Gore explains the role money and special interest groups play in politics saying, “Money plays the dominant role in politics today.”

Gore also stated that, "Corporations are not persons. Money is not speech. Big anonymous contributors should not call the shots."

To watch the full interview click here.

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Jeff Clements Featured Speaker at MassVOTE Spring Fundraiser

On Wednesday, June 5th Jeff Clements, Free Speech for People co-founder and author of "Corporations Are Not People", will be the featured speaker at MassVOTE’s annual spring fundraiser in Downtown Boston. Clements will be discussing how some of the largest corporations in the world organized to take over our government and Constitution, culminating in 2010 with the 5-4 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
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The Nation: ‘Organizing for Action’ or ‘Charging for Access’?

The Nation has a thoughtful opinion piece by Katrina vanden Heuvel on Organizing For Action, the new 501(c)(4) entity headed by former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.

It quotes our co-founder and Executive Director, John Bonifaz. Here it is, below.

‘Organizing for Action’ or ‘Charging for Access’?

Katrina vanden Heuvel on March 7, 2013 – 5:58 PM ET

What are we to make of Organizing for Action?

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Supreme Court lets ban stand on direct corporate campaign donations

The Washington Post 

Robert Barnes 

February 25, 2013 

The Supreme Court on Monday decided against reviewing the century-old ban on corporations making direct contributions to federal candidates.

The court without comment declined to hear an appeal from two men who said the court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on elections, must also nullify the ban on campaign contributions.

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Free Speech For People Delivers Testimony in Senate Committee Hearing for Washington State Resolution

Last week, we joined with a coalition of Washington State groups to deliver testimony at a state Senate Governmental Operations Committee hearing on SJM 8002, a joint memorial that would call on Congress to get big money out of politics. Supporters of the resolution filled the hearing room and represented cities and towns from across Washington State. 

Free Speech For People staff, Arielle Davis and Oske Buckley, provided testimony, which may be viewed, below. 

 

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