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Supreme Court lets ban stand on direct corporate campaign donations

The Washington Post 

Robert Barnes 

February 25, 2013 

The Supreme Court on Monday decided against reviewing the century-old ban on corporations making direct contributions to federal candidates.

The court without comment declined to hear an appeal from two men who said the court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on elections, must also nullify the ban on campaign contributions.

After Launching Multimillion Dollar Lobbying Effort, White House Moves to Affirm Support for Overturning Citizens United


Advocates Urge President to Pass 
Congress to Pass Amendment Bill and 
Send it to the States for Ratification


WASHINGTON, DC. – On Friday, the White House released an official response to a petition initiated by Free Speech For People that had urged him to “use the State of the Union to call for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics,” even whi

Free Speech For People Delivers Testimony in Senate Committee Hearing for Washington State Resolution

Last week, we joined with a coalition of Washington State groups to deliver testimony at a state Senate Governmental Operations Committee hearing on SJM 8002, a joint memorial that would call on Congress to get big money out of politics. Supporters of the resolution filled the hearing room and represented cities and towns from across Washington State. 

Free Speech For People staff, Arielle Davis and Oske Buckley, provided testimony, which may be viewed, below. 


Representatives Nolan and Pocan Introduce 'We the People' Amendment

 On Monday, February 11, Move to Amend announced the introduction in Congress of the 'We the People' amendment by Representative Rick Nolan and Representative Mark Pocan. The amendment states: 

"Rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human beings only, and not to government-created artificial legal entities such as corporations and limited liability companies; and  

Political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected under the First Amendment."

Jim McGovern's Constitutional Amendments To Repeal Citizens United Gain Steam On Reddit

Huffington Post 

John Stephens

January 30, 2013

Bucking Citizens United: Valley Congressman Jim McGovern fights to stem the flood of special interest money in elections.

Maureen Turner

The Valley Advocate

January 29, 2013


"The effort picked up speed quickly, helped along by Powell’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court by Richard Nixon. “Over the following years, a divided Supreme Court … transformed the First Amendment into a powerful tool for corporations seeking to evade democratic control and sidestep sound public welfare measures,” Clements said.

Statement by Harvard Law Professor John Coates on Congressman McGovern's Constitutional Amendment Bills


State Comptroller Sues Qualcomm for Data on Its Political Contributions

Nicholas Confessore

New York Times

January 3, 2013


The New York State comptroller, seeking to force greater public disclosure of corporate political spending, has sued Qualcomm, demanding to view internal records of political expenditures by the company, one of the country’s largest makers of computer chips for mobile devices.