Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles recently shared an op-ed with the Sacramento Bee on the history of California's Political Reform Act and what it means today, nearly 40 years later.
Ron Fein, Free Speech For People's legal director, appears on Jurist today as a guest columnist. In his latest piece, Fein explains, "The Supreme Court's majority opinion in Hobby Lobby made a serious mistake about the nature of corporate religious claims. But so did the dissent."
To read the full article on why every single Supreme Court Justice got Hobby Lobby wrong, click here.
Retired Montana Supreme Court Justice and Free Speech For People legal advisory committee member, James Nelson writes to the Independent Record on whether or not Montana's court and judges will be forced "onto the auction block." Nelson writes of the role of money in politics in a post-Citizens United era, and explains "there is no reason to believe it won't happen in Montana's upcoming elections for judges and justices."
To some, the U.S. Senate killing the Democracy For All Amendment may look like defeat, but to grassroots groups, the vote itself marks a victory.
The U.S. Senate is listening to the people. Senators spent nearly a week debating the amendment, 54 voted for it, and the amendment was just six votes short of passing. Momentum to restore democracy to the people has been gained, not lost.
Marge Baker, Executive Vice President for Policy and Program, People For the American Way & People For the American Way Foundation is featured today on The Huffington Post speaking of the 'real' issues we face following this week's Senate vote.
A majority of senators voted Thursday for the Democracy For All Amendment "to clarify in the Constitution that Congress and the states have the authority to do what they did for a century before activist judges began intervening on behalf of wealthy donors and corporations: enact meaningful campaign finance rules and regulations." That's the good news, says today's piece in The Nation.
Today, the US Senate voted to keep big money in politics. The Democracy For All Amendment fell short of receiving the 67 votes it necessary to pass, but not all is lost.
Fran Korten of YES! Magazine explains, "the fact that the issue reached the Senate floor is a huge victory for the American people, who overwhelmingly say they want something done about corporate influence in elections."
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
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."