Category Archives: Legislation

Statement in Support of HR1

Free Speech For People joined a national coalition of public interest organizations in a written statement for the record in support of HR1, which includes reforms essential to fixing our political system, including voting rights, money-in-politics, redistricting and government ethics … More »

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Remembering Congressman Walter Jones

We at Free Speech For People were sad to learn of the passing of Representative Walter Jones (R-NC3). Representative Jones was a strong supporter of campaign finance reform. We were proud to work with him as one of the lead … More »

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New Bills Would Abolish Super PACS and End Foreign Corporate Money in MA Elections

State Legislators Seek to Protect the Integrity of Elections in Massachusetts State legislators have introduced two bills in both houses of the Massachusetts state legislature to abolish super PACs and to prohibit spending by foreign-influenced corporations in Massachusetts elections. One … More »

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Letitia James, John Bonifaz, and Shanna Cleveland in the Gotham Gazette: Closing the Door on Foreign Money in New York City Elections

In an opinion piece for the Gotham Gazette, Free Speech For People President John Bonifaz and Senior Counsel Shanna Cleveland join New York City Public Advocate Letitia James in calling for New York City to close the loophole that allows … More »

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Public Advocate Letitia James Introduces Bill to Fight Foreign Influence in NYC Elections

On August 8, 2018, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James introduced a proposed local law that prohibits foreign-influenced entities from spending money in New York City elections. We worked closely with the NYC Public Advocate’s office in drafting this legislation, modeled off of a similar law we recently helped to enact in St. Petersburg, Florida. More »

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Massachusetts Legislature to Consider an Act to Stop Corporations from Claiming Religious Exemptions from Anti-Discrimination Laws

In an effort to protect civil rights, the Massachusetts legislature will consider an act to stop corporations from claiming religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws, sponsored by Representative Michael Day of Stoneham. Late Wednesday evening, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on … More »

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NY Is So Close To Becoming The 17th State Calling To Overturn Citizens United

New York could become the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment and the first state with a Republican controlled legislature in either house to do so. A bipartisan majority of the NY Assembly signed onto a letter to Congress, calling for an amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling.
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