Category: Defending Key Reforms

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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7 Money & Politics Stories We Actually Fell In Love With This Year

While it’s easy to be heartbroken in the current climate of money in politics, we have to say, some pretty amazing things have happened already in the movement this year. Being that it’s only February, we’re excited to think about all of the progress that could happen during the rest of 2014. So, we decided to get gushy and talk about some of the ways this progress has been made:


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States race to increase donation limits to counter influence of outside money

In response to the flood of outside money in politics, states from Alabama to Wyoming are boosting donation limits to rake in bigger contributions for their campaigns.

Nine states have approved higher campaign contribution limits. Most recently in Michigan, when on Thursday a new measure was approved that would double to $6,800 the amount of money a candidate for statewide office can accept from individuals.

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Even the DC super lobbyists are saying it, money in politics is a problem.

Wednesday, as part of a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA), “We Are DC Super Lobbyists,” Quinn Gillespie Associates (a top lobbying shop in DC) President John Feehery and Chairman Jack Quinn discussed the role money plays in the current political system. Quinn wrote, “I happen to believe that the role of money in American politics is a very significant problem, some would say it has reached the point of being a cancer on our democracy.”

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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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