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Ron Fein: When Judges Pass The Collection Plate, Justice Suffers

In his latest op-ed, Free Speech For People's legal director, Ron Fein digs in on Justice Scalia, campaign finance, the Williams-Yulee case, and what it all means in the big scheme of preserving judicial dignity. The aptly titled piece,"When Judges Pass the Collection Plate, Justice Suffers" is featured today on The Daily Caller.

An excerpt is featured below.

FSFP Files Amicus Brief Before U.S. Court of Appeals In New York Republican State Committee v. SEC

Today, Free Speech For People filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit 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 rule 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.

Stream Audio From Williams-Yulee Case

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.

Democracy For All Amendment Re-Introduced In 114th Congress With More Than 100 Sponsors

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.

The 28th Amendment Reintroduced In 114th Congress On Day Of Citizens United 5th Anniversary

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.

The Top Five Myths About The Democracy For All Amendment

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.