Category Archives: Ron Fein

McConnell v. FEC, 15 Years Later

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, a case that points to a future that could have been. The case The case was born out of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform … More »

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FSFP and National Election Defense Coalition Demand Records on Texas’s Voting Machine Problems

Free Speech For People and our partners at the National Election Defense Coalition today submitted a request for records under the Texas Public Information Act for information about a serious voting machine problem that manifested during the 2018 general election. Background … More »

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Center for Public Integrity Reports on Our Fight Against Special Cryptocurrency Loophole

The Center for Public Integrity reported on Free Speech For People’s efforts to fight a cryptocurrency company’s request for a special loophole that could seriously undermine federal campaign finance law. As the article by Ashley Balcerzak explains: OsiaNetwork LLC, a newly formed limited … More »

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New campaign finance reform book, and a free chapter on the 28th Amendment

In April 2016, Free Speech For People co-hosted a symposium at Seton Hall School of Law featuring scholars and activists from across the country to help develop new thinking and proposed solutions for overhauling our nation’s campaign finance system. The ideas presented at that symposium led to the new book, ‘Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America’. More »

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New Center for Public Integrity analysis of out-of-state money cites Free Speech For People’s work

The Center for Public Integrity just published a multi-part series on “Local Voters, Distant Donors” that cites Free Speech For People’s legal analysis. In an article entitled “Out-of-state donors pour cash into Democrats’ state races” (also co-published at USA Today), reporters Rui … More »

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FSFP to Federal Election Commission: Don’t Allow Unlimited Bitcoin Contributions

Today, Free Speech For People asked the Federal Election Commission to reject a request for an advisory opinion from a company called OsiaNetwork LLC that would allow unlimited campaign contributions in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency. OsiaNetwork is proposing that donors could lend … More »

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New ground for impeachment hearings: cruel and unconstitutional imprisonment of children and their families

We have added a new ground to our call for Congress to start hearings on whether to impeach President Trump: cruel and unconstitutional imprisonment of adults and children. Background As we noted in our statement earlier this week, under Trump’s … More »

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New Brief in the Case that Could End Super PACs

On Wednesday night, we filed our brief responding to the Federal Election Commission’s motion to dismiss in Lieu v. FEC, the case that could end super PACs. As explained in more detail here, we filed this lawsuit on behalf of a bipartisan coalition … More »

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New amicus brief argues that Seattle’s democracy voucher program promotes political equality and democratic self-government

On Thursday, Free Speech For People and Demos filed an amicus brief in the Washington state court of appeals in the case of Elster v. City of Seattle. Our brief helps defend the city against a constitutional challenge to Seattle’s “democracy voucher” … More »

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