On January 20th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Williams-Yulee, a Florida case challenging the Florida Bar’s rule prohibiting candidates for judgeship from personally soliciting campaign funds.
On January 21, 2015—the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling—the Democracy For All Amendment was reintroduced to the 114th Congress. The bill has been reintroduced in the House and Senate as H.J. Res. 22 and S.J. Res. 5. The bill language is attached in a .pdf to this blog post.
On January 21st—the 5th anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission—more than 100 Senators and Representatives reintroduced a constitutional amendment that would overturn the ruling and restore democracy to the people.
FSFP Proudly Supports Rep. Keith Ellison's (MN) New Bill Limiting Corporate Felons' Ability To Influence Elections
We’re excited that Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota has announced that he will introduce in Congress the new “Protect Democracy From Criminal Corporations Act.” This bold new legislation is an important step toward undoing the damage of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and restoring control over our democracy.
Free Speech For People Is Expanding The Constitutional Conversation With Justice Scalia on Williams-Yulee
Free Speech For People’s Legal Advocacy Program aims to “expand the constitutional conversation” about money in politics. Based on yesterday’s Supreme Court argument in a case involving judges soliciting campaign contributions, it appears that we’ve expanded that conversation in an unlikely direction: Justice Scalia.
Five years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, sweeping away longstanding precedent barring corporate money in our elections and leading to an explosion of outside spending in our political process. The ruling also sparked a new movement for a constitutional amendment to end the big money dominance of our elections and to reclaim our democracy.
Today on the steps of Ashburton Place in Boston, a host of public interest organizations gathered for the release of a new report documenting the dominance of big money in the November 2014 Congressional elections. Authored by MASSPIRG and Demos, the report calls for solutions moving big money dominance to small donors. Download "The Money Chase" report.
Tomorrow, join Free Speech For People President John Bonifaz for a special Reddit I-AMA conversation on how we are building the movement to overturn Citizens United—and how you can be a part of it.
John will be online to answer questions and speak about our amendment and legal advocacy work.
Partners on the panel include, Lisa Graves from the Center for Media and Democracy, Daniel Lee from Move to Amend and Aquene Freechild from Public Citizen. Zephyr Teachout will join our conversation for the first hour.
We’re working to overturn Citizens United. Ask away!
An op-ed in the LA Times reflects on Citizens United's five year anniversary and its effect on law beyond campaign finance. The damage felt from the Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance is just the beginning, as corporations continue to accrue more and more rights of 'we the people'.