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States race to increase donation limits to counter influence of outside money

In response to the flood of outside money in politics, states from Alabama to Wyoming are boosting donation limits to rake in bigger contributions for their campaigns.

Nine states have approved higher campaign contribution limits. Most recently in Michigan, when on Thursday a new measure was approved that would double to $6,800 the amount of money a candidate for statewide office can accept from individuals.

Watch Our New Animated Video, "Twas The Night Before Citizens United"

Take a moment to watch and share our new animated video, Twas the Night Before Citizens United, with friends to spread some holiday cheer and a reminder that while we’re well on our way, we still have a lot of work to do to overturn Citizens United and reclaim our democracy. 

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Spending on Maine elections has grown by millions of dollars since the Citizens United decision

A recent article in the Bangor Daily News highlights the skyrocketing campaign expenditures that have flooded the state's elections since the 2010 Citizens United ruling. The article uses new data from Maine Citizen's For Clean Elections report, The Shell Game - How Independent Expenditures Have Invaded Maine Since Citizens United.

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How Lobbying Keeps Fast-Food Workers' Wages Low

Today, in a 100-city strike wave nationwide, thousands of fast food workers are protesting for a livable wage of $15 dollars an hour and a right to form a union without retaliation.

How has the wage been kept this low?

New Poll Shows 97% Want To End Corruption in Politics

According to new poll results from Represent.Us, 90% of respondents said they’d support a law that imposes tough new campaign finance laws. When “campaign finance” was changed to “corruption,” that figure rose to 97%, with 72% saying they would strongly support such laws.

Their poll results show that the issue is bi-partisan, with 82% of Democrats and 83% of Republicans saying reducing corruption is important.

Ways To Give Back On #GivingTuesday

On December 3rd, Free Speech For People is taking part in an exciting new event called #GivingTuesday, the day of giving where families, organizations, individuals, businesses, students and more come together to support the causes they are passionate about.

The Supreme Court Justices Agree to Hear Hobby Lobby Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it would hear the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The case involves craft store chain Hobby Lobby and the requirement under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) that all health insurance plans provide contraceptive coverage at no separate cost.

Why Supporting Free Speech For People Matters

We have some pretty exciting news to tell you about. We recently learned that an anonymous foundation donor has awarded Free Speech For People a $500,000 matching grant to help build our new Legal Advocacy Program. This means that any donations we receive in support of this new initiative will be matched dollar for dollar by this donor. Click here to donate and learn more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren Joins Udall Amendment Bill To Limit Campaign Spending in Elections

Yesterday, on November 20th, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) (MA) officially joined Senator Udall's Amendment bill as a co-sponsor. Udall's bill would restore the authority of Congress and the states to limit campaign spending in elections. A previous introduction of the bill by Sen. Udall had 25 U.S. Senate co-sponsors. Senator Edward Markey (D) (MA) also joined late last month on October 28th.

Recently filed tax returns shed light on some of the dark money that flooded the 2012 campaign season

Newly filed tax returns are shedding light on some of the dark money that flooded the 2012 campaign season, and to no surprise, since the 2010 Citizens United ruling, this number has only increased. One particular group, American For Prosperity (the main political arm of the Koch brothers) dumped 122 million dollars into advocacy efforts.