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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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Join Us To Stand For The Rights of Workers, Not Corporations


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.

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On Campaign Finance Laws, Trust the Voters says Ron Fein in The Hill

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

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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”.

Justice Nelson spoke to the Arizona Advocacy Network on the effect of Citizens United on our current Supreme Court, and the campaign of dark money threatening fair courts and the ability to retain moderate justices.

Campaign Finance and the Equal Protection Clause

Free Speech For People's President John Bonifaz's post on “Campaign Finance and the Equal Protection Clause” is featured as part of an ongoing blog series responding to an online symposium collaboration with the NYU Law Review, considering the issue of money in politics and the legal landscape after Citizens United.

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Why We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

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 Addresses the Corporate Assault on Direct Democracy in Truthout

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.

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.