It’s been a busy summer for those of us fighting in the courts against constitutional challenges by big money interests and corporations seeking to strike down laws on everything from campaign contribution limits to the minimum wage. We’ve seen some important victories and we have been reminded there’s still work to be done.
Today, members of the House and Senate sent letters to President Obama, calling for an executive order that would require federal contractors disclose their political spending. The letter comes after months of growing nationwide support from concerned citizens calling on their representatives to support this initiative. In April, our allies and partners rallied outside the White House to deliver more than half a million petition signatures calling on President Obama to issue an executive order.
Ellen P. Goodman, Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law and Free Speech For People Legal Advocacy Committee Member, writes on the recent corporate takeover of the First Amendment in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“People say that amending the constitution is ‘too hard’, but history suggests otherwise,” explained Doris Kearns Goodwin on The Ed Show on May 29th. When asked about the 2010 SCOTUS ruling, Kearns Goodwin explained that a 28th Amendment is viable and possible solution to overturn Citizens United.
Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles recently shared an op-ed with the Sacramento Bee on the history of California’s Political Reform Act and what it means today, nearly 40 years later. Levinson writes: “Californians took a leap of … More »
People across the country are reclaiming their democracy by encouraging their local townships to pass resolutions in support of amending the constitution in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. On Monday, April 4, 2011, a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment was passed at the Annual Town Meeting, in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
In Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, the Madison City Council and Dane County Board of Supervisors overwhelmingly approved a Move to Amend resolution, supporting a constitutional amendment stating that corporations should not be granted the same rights as people. Though a number of signatures were gathered in support of the resolution, the Madison City Council was not required to consider the language for a vote. Regardless, the Council chose to place the resolution on the ballot, as did the Dane County Board of Supervisors.
Massachusetts S.772. Senator Jamie Eldridge (D). Introduced on 1/21/2011. Free Speech For People resolution calling on the United States Congress to pass and send the states for ratification a Constitutional amendment to restore the First Amendment and fair elections to the people. Click here to view the resolution.