Since our founding on the day of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in January 2010, we have led the attack on this ruling both as a dangerous campaign finance decision and an extreme extension of the fabricated doctrine of corporate constitutional rights. With the help of our exceptional legal advocacy committee and board members, we are renewing our democracy for ‘we the people’, not big money.
We are honored to announce that former Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson and voting rights leader Greg Moore have joined our Board of Directors. Each member brings decades of leadership experience and commitment to the basic principles of our democracy that will enable us to ensure the promise of self-government to all Americans.
Meet the newest members of our Board of Directors.
Justice Nelson served as a Justice of the Montana Supreme Court from 1993-2013, when he retired from the Court. He was in private practice and serving as Glacier County Attorney in Montana at the time of his appointment to the state supreme court by then-Governor Marc Racicot. While in private practice, he served as President of the Cut Bank Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation, and a member of the Montana Gaming Advisory Council and the Governor’s Task Force on Corrections and Criminal Justice Policy. Among many widely-respected opinions over his twenty years on the Montana Supreme Court, Justice Nelson’s dissenting opinion in the 2011 Western Tradition Partnership case was noted for its combination of a judicious recognition of the applicability of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling to the case before the Montana Supreme Court, its persuasive critique of the Citizens United decision itself, and its discussion of the grave consequences presented by the Citizens United ruling for Montana and the nation. Justice Nelson received his J.D. from George Washington University in 1974 and a B.S. degree from the University of Idaho in 1966. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1966-1969 and worked as a financial analyst with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission prior to engaging in private practice in Montana.
Greg Moore is the Senior Strategist for the Democracy Initiative and is one of the nation’s leading voting rights leaders and advocates. Dating back to 1983, Mr. Moore has a long and distinguished history of political empowerment and issue advocacy, serving in a number of various leadership positions throughout his many years of grassroots organizing and program development at the local, state and national level. Mr. Moore concurrently serves as the Executive Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund. Mr. Moore served five years as the Legislative Director (93-94) and Chief of Staff (98-01) to Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus. Mr. Moore is also the President and CEO of GTM Consulting Services, a Washington, DC and Cleveland, Ohio based political consulting firm that specializes in program development, public-policy analysis, issue advocacy and election services. Mr. Moore holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Ohio University where he majored in Organizational Communications. He has lectured on several college campuses over his long career in advocating for issues related to equal educational opportunity, civil rights, voting rights and democratic reform.
All of us at Free Speech For People are thrilled to work alongside Justice James Nelson and Greg Moore. Their knowledge, expertise, and impressive backgrounds are invaluable additions to our efforts to reclaim democracy for all.
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