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Free Speech For People Statement on the Senate Vote

September 11, 2014

STATEMENT BY JOHN BONIFAZ,
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE, ON TODAY’S UNITED STATES SENATE FLOOR VOTE ON THE DEMOCRACY FOR ALL AMENDMENT

New York Times Editorial Board Supports An Amendment to Cut Political Cash

The Editorial Board of "The New York Times" addresses the proposed Democracy For All Amendment bill, which is up for vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. 

The editorial follows the issue of spending in elections and the explains the necessity of a debate to protect free speech. The piece ends noting that, "amending the Constitution should not be taken lightly. It is a last resort to fix a grave civic problem. But the backers of this amendment recognize that the nature of American democracy is at stake."

Jeff Clements Appears On The Big Picture To Discuss Whether Congress Will Actually Repeal Citizens United?

Free Speech For People co-founder, Jeff Clements appeared tonight on "The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann" to discuss the role of money in politics, and whether Congress will act to repeal the Citizens United ruling with a constitutional amendment. 

Watch the full broadcast.  (Interview starts at 33:45)

Business Leaders Call On Senate To Approve Campaign Finance Amendment

Yesterday, the American Sustainable Business Council released a statement in support of the Democracy For All Amendment. Their statement is copied below, including a link to the original post. 

 

Business Leaders Call On Senate To Approve Campaign Finance Amendment

For Immediate Release:  September 8, 2014

Is Washington The Only Place Where Campaign Finance Is A Partisan Issue?

In Washington, the Senate voted today to debate a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and allowing Congress and the states to enhance limits on the amount of money raised and spent in elections.

From today's piece in the Huffington Post, Paul Blumenthal explains the proposed amendment is nearly universally supported by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. Or at least, by those not on the Hill. 

Free Speech For People Statement on the Democracy For All Amendment

September 8, 2014
 

STATEMENT BY JOHN BONIFAZ, 
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE, 
ON TODAY’S UNITED STATES SENATE FLOOR DEBATE ON THE DEMOCRACY FOR ALL AMENDMENT

Sen. Tom Udall and Former Sen. Alan Simpson Make Bipartisan Case for a Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance

Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson (WY) penned an op-ed in The Hill with Senator Tom Udall endorsing the Democracy For All Amendment. Money in politics is not a partisan issue. We know that the national debate should not be dictated by a handful of wealthy few, and Senator Simpson and Senator Udall know this too.

Montana Political Blog Highlights Key State Supporters of the Democracy For All Amendment

Montana based, Cowgirl Blog shared the re-release of the "Across the Aisle" report, and pointed to the list of Montana republicans in support of the campaign finance reform. 

The list of Montana Republicans on record in the report is listed on pages 7, 10, 12-13.

Click here to read the original post. 

 

Senator Donnelly should support a constitutional limit on campaign contributions

In an op-ed published to the IndyStar, Senator Donnelly of Indiana is called upon to support the proposed Democracy For All amendment in an upcoming Senate vote on Monday.

Creating an inclusive democracy, where each and every voice is heard, depends on setting limits on campaign finance spending, says Zach Adamson, councillor at-large to the Indianapolis city-council.

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.