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Pulling the Plug on Corporate Personhood


Citizens United prompted calls for a constitutional amendment. But how do we move forward?  

Watch Jeff Clements Speak at the 31st Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate


Free Speech For People co-founder, Jeff Clements joined Kent Greenfield, Professor of Law at Boston College, for a debate moderated by Professor Schwartz at the University of Utah. The debate, hosted by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, addressed the issue of corporate personhood.

Will the Supreme Court save industry’s bacon? Ron Fein Explains via The Hill

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, "however, some judges use it as a bludgeon to strike down common-sense disclosure rules" exlains our legal director, Ron Fein to The Hill.

Sen. Goldwater Would Have Hated ‘Citizens United’ According to Ron Fein in the Washington Post

Last month, Post columnist George F. Will quoted Barry Goldwater in the opening lines of his piece, arguing that the Citizens United decision protects Americans' First Amendment rights. 

Today in the Washington Post, our legal director, Ron Fein revists Goldwater's record, and explains the unlimited political spending by business corporations is exactly what Goldwater didn't want interfering with our democracy. 

Follow Rhana B in Granny D's Footsteps to Raise Awareness for Campaign Finance Reform

After losing her spouse of fifty-six years in June 2014, 81-year-old Rhana Bazzini decided it was time to take to the streets. Inspired by Granny D’s walk across the country for campaign finance reform, Rhana began planning “Project Granny D”, a walk from Sarasota to Tallahassee to promote Move to Amend and Campaign Finance Reform. At 5’ 3” and 94 lbs, Rhana is a tightly-packed bundle of energy and she is on a mission to reform our political system to say that corporations are not people and money is not speech!

‘Living wage’ Laws Unconstitutional – If You Ask Lobbyists, Explains Ron Fein to Reuters

(Image via David Ryder, Reuters)

Last week, Free Speech For People filed an amicus brief in IFA v. Seattle, in defense of Seattle's new 'living wage' law, now under fire from the International Franchise Associations, the National Restaurant Association, and other industry trade groups. Our legal director, Ron Fein explains today on Reuters.

FSFP Submits Amicus Brief in IFA v. Seattle

Legal Advocacy Group Says Workers’ Rights Are At Stake

SEATTLE, WA- Free Speech For People, a national non-profit legal advocacy and public education
organization, is joining the defense of Seattle’s new “living wage” law, now under fire from the
International Franchise Association, the National Restaurant Association, and other industry trade

Public Pensions, Politics Don't Mix Explains Ron Fein

A series of "pay-to-play" scandals gave politically-connected financial executives access to a public pension funds in exchange for political campaign contributions. State political parties are taking this to federal court to fight for their right to direct public pension funds and big Wall Street money into their campaigns.   

In the Albany Times Union, Ron Fein explains how the use of pensions to "fund pay-to-play violates the First Amendment right of public servants not to be forced to subsidize someone else's political contributions."

"The SEC rule protects that right. Let's not put the interests of Wall Street over the First Amendment rights of people who live and work on Main Street," writes Fein. 

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Free Speech For People Provides Comment On Letter Regarding Proposed Changes to Pay-To-Play Regulations

Free Speech For People joined Public Citizen, Progressive Alliance, AFSCME, ReFund America Project of the the Roosevelt Institute, U.S. PIRG, and the Consumer Federation of America, and Americans for Financial Reform to comment in support of the MSRB's proposed refinement of Rule G-37, which expands the reach of the rule to municipal advisors. 

Rule G-37 is intended to combat pay-to-play practices, which describes where "a person makes cash or in-kind political contributions to help finance the election campaigns." 

On Hobby Lobby, Justice Ginsburg Was Right

On Hobby Lobby, Justice Ginsburg was correct in her dissent, says a recent piece by Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker. Toobin writes of the aftermath of the Court's ruling, which opened the door for corporations to claim special religious privileges that are not available to anyone else.

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