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New letter to Senate Judiciary Committee assures—it's possible to pass campaign finance reform without infringing on Free Speech

In a strongly worded letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, six leading civil libertarians make clear that it is possible to pass common sense campaign finance laws without infringing on First Amendment free speech rights. 

The letter was made public today in response to arguments made by Senator Ted Cruz during debate about the Democracy For All amendment. The civil liberties experts do not offer an opinion on the amendment, but instead target Buckley v. Valeo as wrongly decided and thus, it informed the rulings on other wrongly decided cases. 

BREAKING — Across the Aisle: The Growing Transpartisan Opposition to Citizens United

We just released a new, updated report highlighting more than 100 Republican officials who support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, along with dozens more who have publicly criticized it.

Jeff Clements Examines: The Conservative versus the Corporatist

Jeff Clements contributed an insightful guest post on the American Constitution Society blog today on the intellectual battle between Lewis Powell and William Rehnquist about Constitutional rights for corporations, and the path to Citizens United

Free Speech For People has filed an amicus brief in New York Republican State Committee v. SEC

Free Speech For People has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s anti-“pay-to-play” rule for investment advisers, which prevents investment advisers from receiving management fees from public funds when they’ve given political contributions to the elected officials who influence the choice of investment advisers for those funds. Our brief argues that the rules protects the First Amendment rights of public employees by preventing investment advisers from using a portion of their pension money to pay for political spending.

How the Hobby Lobby Decision Threatens Conservative Values

Free Speech For People Legal Director, Ron Fein discusses the implications of the Hobby Lobby ruling on conservative values in a new piece featured on The Blaze.

Click here to read the entire article. 

Democrats embrace 'McCutcheon' decision

Despite ongoing criticism of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC, Senate Democrats now embrace a big-money fundraising tool, made possible by the court's decision. The new "jumbo" fundriasing committee of choice for Democrats is the Grassroots Victory Project 2014, and it's their first major entry into the realm of massive campaign contributions. 

Although Republicans acted on the loosened campaign finance rules quicker than Democrats, both parties are taking full advantage of McCutcheon's  big money aftermath.

Jeff Clements on LibertyWatchRadio

Jeff Clements joined radio personality, Charles Heller on LibertyWatchRadio to discuss the new release of “Corporations Are Not People" and to engage in a bit of healthy debate over the Constitution, regulating political contributions, and the role of corporations in today’s political systems.

Money in politics is no laughing matter— or is it?

The popular comic, "Pearls Before Swine" took on money in politics in its Sunday, August 24th slot. The comic reveals Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with the role money plays in today's democracy.

 

A Look at 2014 Election Spending: Nine Toss-Up Senate Races

Control of the US Senate is at play in the 2014 election, which means tight races and tremendous spending from outside groups. Outside spending in the top nine Senate races in 2014 is almost equal to spending in all 37 races in 2010. Half of the independent spending in the top nine races comes from dark money groups, that do not fully disclose the source of their funding. 

The Brennan Center provided an analysis of outside spending in the most competivive Senate races, which observed "inadequate transparency and single-candidate spenders providing opportunities to avoid contribution limits." To review the full analysis, click here.