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New poll: "Americans Are Ready for a Solution to the Problem of Money in Politics"

A new poll released on July 31 by Every Voice and Democracy Corp, shows Americans are engaging in a debate on the role of money in politics and they are ready to challenge the status quo. Every Voice commisioned Democracy Corps to conduct the survey in the 12 most competivie Senate battleground states. Their results reveal a general distrust of Super PACs and big money in elections, with 65% of respondents reporting they believe spending in politics is worse this year than those in the past.

The Worst Government Money Can Buy

The Honorable James C. Nelson, a retired justice of the Montana Supreme Court and a member of the Legal Advisory Committee for Free Speech For People shared his latest op-ed with the Independent Record:

"Ponder this: Every single civil right that corporations and nonhuman entities enjoy (and there’s a good number) have been created from whole cloth by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Constitution itself gives no civil rights to anything other than natural persons. Yet in the recent Hobby Lobby decision, for example, the Roberts majority even endowed some corporations with the right to freely exercise religion.

So, what’s next? Will corporations and special interest PACs eventually get the right to actually vote? Why not? They’re already funding the worst government that money can buy."

Overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics

In his latest piece in the Orlando Sentinel, Free Speech For People legal director Ron Fein writes,

"Who do our politicians represent — their constituents or big funders? Consider the U.S. Sugar Corp. Maybe you share U.S. Sugar's views about Florida's tax, agricultural and environmental policies; maybe you don't. But you didn't give over $650,000 in state elections, and you don't have 29 lobbyists working for you in Tallahassee. So when it comes to issues like restoring the Everglades, who do you think has more influence over how our representatives vote: you or Big Sugar?

A recent study concluded that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically nonsignificant impact upon public policy," and "the preferences of economic elites … have far more independent impact upon policy change."

Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

Read the new article from Free Speech For People's President John Bonifaz featured today on The Huffington Post, Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits.

It begins: 

Let's say you support a candidate for public office and you want to make a financial contribution to his or her campaign. How much could you afford to contribute? $5, $10 or $25? Maybe even $50? Or maybe nothing at all? You're not alone. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that, of the 310 million people in our country, just 0.1 percent of Americans are making political contributions of $200 or more.

Senator Bob Kerrey: How Big Money Affects Politics and Why We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Reclaim Our Democracy

Senator Bob Kerrey's political career has spanned over decades -- he first served as the 35th Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and then as a US Senator from Nebraska from 1989 to 2001.

In May we had the opportunity to talk with the Former Senator about his thoughts on how big money has affected politics through the years.

Kerrey has seen first hand how campaign contributions directly impact and influence policies even if it means going against the will of the people.

Click below to watch.

25,000 Postcards To Get Money Out Of Politics

This week Free Speech For People along with our partners at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, sent over 25,000 postcards to Senators across the country to urge them to support an amendment to overturn Citizens United. For the Senators that already support one, we wrote a note to thank them for their continued support!

Unlimited money endangers '1-person, 1-vote'

“One person, one vote.” That’s a principle most Americans can get behind."

Highlights From Netroots Nation 2014: Campaign Finance, Detroit Water Crisis and What We Can Learn

Last week Free Speech For People traveled to Detroit for the 7th annual Netroots Nation conference featuring keynote speakers Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Rev. William Barber, the preacher behind North Carolina’s Moral Mondays.

House Democratic Leaders File Democracy For All Amendment To Limit Money in Politics

On Tuesday July 15th House Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and U.S. Rep. John Larson (CT-1), Chairman of the House Elections Task Force, joined U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-21), Donna F. Edwards (MD-4), and Jim McGovern (MA-2) to file a Constitutional Amendment: "Democracy For All" which will limit money in politics. The press conference where they discuss and make this announcement can be watched below.

STATEMENT ON TODAY’S SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE VOTE IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY

July 10, 2014

STATEMENT BY JOHN BONIFAZ, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE, ON TODAY’S SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE VOTE IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY

American democracy is in crisis. Big money interests dominate our elections and our government, drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens and undermining the fundamental promise of political equality for all.