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Congressman Lieu Addresses California Supreme Court In Support Of The People's Right To Instruct Their Representatives

Last week, Congressman Ted Lieu of California addressed a letter to the California Supreme Court echoing support for the people's right to instruct their representatives with a ballot measure. The full text of Congressman Lieu's letter is below and available for download here.  

FSFP Files Amicus Brief In HJTA v. Bowen, A California Case On A Measure To Overturn Citizens United

Free Speech For People, along with MOVI, California Clean Money Campaign, CALPIRG, Common Cause California and Courage Campaign, has filed an amicus brief before the California Supreme Court in defense of California Proposition 49, also known as the Overturn Citizens United Act. And, a big thank you to Money Out Voters In for all of its leadership in sponsoring Prop 49 and in building this movement in California.  We are honored to support MOVI’s work in this case.

There's Never Been A Better Time To Be A Corporation

Free Speech For People's co-founder, John Bonifaz and Ben Cohen of Stamp Stampede, co-authored an op-ed in Truthout on the corporate influence on politics, citing that the most politically active corporations receive $760 for every $1 they donate. A select few donors are now in the position to give ten times the amount they were previously allowed to, virtually dissolving the McCain-Feingold campaign law gains. 

Big money is taking over our American democracy. And now, the recent spending bill (often referred to as Cromnibus) is a perfect example of the efforts of Congress to increase the flow of money in politics. Now, is a perfect time to be a corporation. 

Read the full article on Truthout 

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Editorial From Times Union: A Way To Take America Back

Today, the Times-Union Tribune published an excellent editorial that calls upon New York to become the 17th state to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. The original article is available  here

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.