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Former MT Supreme Court Justice Says Williams-Yulee Ruling Contradicts SCOTUS Decision In Citizens United

Former Montana Supreme Court Justice and Free Speech For People Board Member, Jim Nelson is quoted in the Bozeman Chronicle discussing this week's SCOTUS ruling in Williams-Yulee v. Florida State Bar.

Justice Nelson draws contrast between the Supreme Court's ruling on money in politics in Williams-Yulee and its 2010 Citizens United decision. Nelson, who joined Free Speech For People in filing a brief defending Florida's campaign limits, supports the SCOTUS ruling, however he does not hesitate to call it a major contradiction. He explains, "In Yulee, they made a big deal of public confidence and the integrity of the judiciary, on the other hand it’s perfectly acceptable for these dark money organizations, these big PACs, to dump millions of dollars into judicial races." 

In Williams-Yulee, SCOTUS Rules In Defense Of Florida Ban On Judges Seeking Campaign Cash

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in defense of the Florida State bar, upholding state laws that prohibit elected judges from personally soliciting donations to support their campaigns. In a 5-4 decision, the Court rejected a free speech claim brought forward from a Florida judge, recognizing the importance of maintaining the diginity appropriate to judicial office

On Citizens United, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Says "You're Gonna Need A Constitutional Amendment To Fix This Problem"

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spoke with WMUR's "Conversations With The Candidate" in New Hampshire on April 10, 2015. A question submitted via Twitter asked: What specifically would you do to remove the influence of big money in politics?

FSFP Welcomes Former Montana Justice James Nelson and Greg Moore of Democracy Initiative To Our Board of Directors

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.

It's No Longer Politics As Usual For Senator Menendez And Friends

For Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, this week is a major departure from “politics as usual.”

On Wednesday, the Democratic Senator was indicted on corruption charges stemming from his mutually beneficial relationship with eye-doctor and businessman, Salomon Melgen. Federal prosecutors revealed a 14-count indictment that had been in the works for months, charging Mendendez with trading political favors in exchange for luxury outings and campaign donations, among other corruption allegations.

Victory! New Hampshire Senate Voted With Bipartisan Support On Bill Calling To Address Citizens United

 NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATE VOTES IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY 

STATEMENT OF JOHN BONIFAZ
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE
 
The New Hampshire Senate today voted unanimously to pass a bill calling for a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling and to reclaim our democracy. This vote marks a major victory for the growing grassroots movement to defend our Republic. We applaud the New Hampshire Senate on this vote, and we urge the New Hampshire House of Representatives to pass this bill as well and to make New Hampshire the 17th state calling for this constitutional amendment.
 
This bipartisan victory today proves once again the power of this call for a 28th Amendment. The pressing question before the nation today is whether it is ‘we the people’ or ‘we the corporations and big money interests.’ This not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is a deeply American issue. Whatever our political differences may be, we all share the common vision of government of, by, and for the people.  
 
This victory also demonstrates that a sustained people-powered movement can win. New Hampshire citizens from throughout the state have repeatedly called on their legislators to take this action. They have rallied. They have marched. They have traveled to their state capitol to stand up and be heard. And, today, the people were heard. When the history of the 28th Amendment is written, it will include the story of New Hampshire citizens demanding their democracy back.
 

New York Times Article Shines Light On New Scholarship Challenging Claims Of Corporate Constitutional Rights

This week, the New York Times featured research by John Coates, a professor at Harvard Law School and a longtime member of Free Speech For People’s Legal Advisory Committee, on “the corporate takeover of the First Amendment.&r

Join John Bonifaz This Sunday For A Call On The Trans-Pacific Partnership And Corporate Nationhood

 

Join John Bonifaz, Ben Manski, and Lori Wallach for a special conversation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), soon to be a "bullet train to corporate nationhood." Our Co-Founder will highlight recent cases post-Citizens United, where corporations claim constitutional rights to strike down public interest laws. 

To register for the call, click here. 

 

Free Speech For People Joins In Filing Appeal Brief In Noel v. Board of Election Commissioners

Free Speech For People joined the legal team defending the Take Back St. Louis ballot initiative campaign. This ballot initiative, which would amend the city charter of St. Louis (Missouri) to prevent the city from granting tax breaks to fossil fuel and nuclear mining companies, was challenged in court before the ballots were printed.