Category Archives: State Legislation

Victory: Corporate Challenge to Contribution Ban Fails as U.S. Supreme Court Lets Massachusetts Decision Stand

We recently celebrated a victory as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear 1A Auto, Inc. v. Sullivan, a challenge to a Massachusetts state law banning corporate contributions to political candidates. Free Speech For People worked with Common Cause Massachusetts … 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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New study shows how small-donor matching funds can help reduce influence of big money

Today, the Campaign Finance Institute released a new study analyzing the potential impact if New York state reforms its campaign finance legislation to include tighter contribution limits, a ban on limited-liability companies (LLCs) from making contributions, and a small donor … More »

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Center for Public Integrity: How Russian money and influence slipped through cracks in the US legal system

Alex Finley of the Center for Public Integrity reports on how foreign money can influence our elections, using Russian electoral influence as an example. As the article notes, the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling created a loophole for foreign interests … 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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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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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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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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