Segments from Jeff's interview are quoted below:
What's So Bad About Citizens United? John Bonifaz And Ron Fein Explain On "Your Weekly Constitutional"
The Citizens United v. FEC case is perhaps one of the most controversial and widely-criticized Supreme Court rulings in recent history. Public radio show, "Your Weekly Constitutional" interviewed John Bonifaz and Ron Fein about "all the fuss on Citizens United", corporate personhood, and the state of money in poolitics today.
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Free Speech For People filed an amicus brief in defense of Seattle's new "living wage" law, now under fire from the International Franchise Association, the National Restaurant Association, and other industry trade
groups. Seattle's living wage law should be upheld against industry claims it violates alleged rights of corporations under the U.S. Constitution. The amicus brief is available here.
We are calling on McDonald's and other big franchise corporations to drop their lawsuit against Seattle’s living wage law and stop claiming protection under the Fourteenth Amendment—a right reserved for people, not corporations.
Today on The Hill, Ron Fein calls on those who oppose limiting money in politics to drop their unconstitutional argument, and for those who support it to demand our representatives get serious about fixing our political system.
Fein explains, "This isn’t about Democrats, Republicans, or the political fights of today. This is about reclaiming our democracy for ourselves and our country’s future." We couldn't agree more.
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Justice James Nelson Speaks On The Fight For Fair, Independent, and Impartial Courts In a Post-Citizens United World
James Nelson, former Montana Supreme Court Justice and Free Speech For People Legal Advisory Committee member, delivered a speech this week at Arizona State University Tempe on “Justice At Risk: Our Fight For the Survival of Fair, Independent, and Impartial Courts in a Post-Citizens United World”.
To read the full text of the blog post, click here.
Today on the Huffington Post, our legal director, Ron Fein explains why we need a 28th Constitutional Amendment to restore democracy and overturn Citizens United.
Ron Fein submitted an op-ed to TruthOut on the direct democracy of ballot initiatives, and the growing trend of special interest groups blocking voters from even heading to the polls. The op-ed is quoted below:
The direct democracy of ballot initiatives—where voters get to vote yes or no, without any politicians in the way—is a treasured part of the fabric of 24 states and many more cities. But, around the country, there’s been a disturbing trend this year: when initiatives threaten corporate interests, lawyers run to court to prevent voters from even getting the chance to vote.
Citizens United prompted calls for a constitutional amendment. But how do we move forward?