Legislation

Free Speech For People works to support and develop legislation that provides innovative and thoughtful solutions to particular issues of campaign finance and corporate power. Our current legislative priorities, besides the constitutional amendment, include ending super PACs and fighting political spending by foreign-influenced corporations.

On October 5, 2017, the St. Petersburg City Council voted 6-2 to enact our ordinance to abolish super PACs and ban foreign corporate money in local elections.  City councilwoman Darden Rice introduced the bill, and Free Speech For People, alongside American Promise-Tampa Bay, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg, and other allies organized in support of this ordinance. This is a key victory.

The ordinance requires corporations that spend money in St. Petersburg elections to certify they are not foreign-influenced, or owned in whole or a significant part by foreign entities. The ordinance also establishes limits on contributions to political action committees, thereby abolishing super PACs in local elections.  To learn more about the ordinance, click here.

Ending super PACs

“Super PACs” are political committees that promise to make only “independent” expenditures. Free Speech For People has researched, drafted, and fought for state and local legislation to limit contributions to independent expenditure committees, thus effectively ending super PACs.

For general information about our campaign to challenge super PACs and why limits on contributions to super PACs can survive Citizens United, click here.

To learn more about specific legislation, visit the pages for our legislative campaigns:

Fighting political spending by foreign-influenced corporations

Free Speech For People has researched, drafted, and fought for state and local legislation to fight political spending by foreign-influenced corporations. For general information about our campaign, click here.

To learn more about specific legislation, visit the pages for our legislative campaigns:

Other legislation

 

 

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