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About Jeff Clements

Jeff Clements, an attorney and author, is the president and co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign to challenge the creation of Constitutional rights for corporations, overturn Citizens United v. FEC, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He is the author of the Corporations Are Not People (Berrett-Koehler, 2012). Mr. Clements, an attorney, has represented and advocated for people, businesses and the public interest since 1988. Mr. Clements served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office from early 2007 to 2009. As Bureau Chief, he led more than 100 attorneys and staff in law enforcement and litigation in the areas of civil rights, environmental protection, healthcare, insurance and financial services, antitrust and consumer protection. Mr. Clements also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts from 1996 to 2000, where he worked on litigation against the tobacco industry and handled a wide range of other investigations and litigation to enforce unfair trade practice, consumer protection and antitrust laws. In private practice, Mr. Clements has been a partner in the Boston law firms of Clements & Clements, LLP and Mintz Levin. He also has practiced in Maine, where he has represented clients in a variety of appeals and litigation, and in investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Maine Attorney General’s Office. In the 1990s, Mr. Clements was elected as a Trustee and President of the Board of Trustees of the Portland Water District, a public agency responsible for protecting and delivering safe drinking water and ensuring proper treatment of wastewater for 160,000 people in Portland and South Portland, Maine and several surrounding communities. He was a co-founder, officer, and director of Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental advocacy organization focused on protection and stewardship of Maine’s Casco Bay. He also has served as a Trustee and President of the Board of The Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts. Mr. Clements graduated with distinction in History and Government from Colby College in 1984, and magna cum laude with a concentration in Public Law from the Cornell Law School in 1988. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

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Overturning Citizens United: “Let’s Finish The Job. Together.”

Good summary of our progress, from Free Speech For People.

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Latest Wrecking Ball on Democracy- McCutcheon v. FEC

My piece for the American Constitution Society reviews the state of play with McCutcheon v. FEC, the “latest wrecking ball flailing around in the rubble of America’s election and campaign finance laws.” The Supreme Court heard argument in the case … Continue reading

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Taking Constitutional Day Seriously- And A New Challenge to Citizens United

Constitution Day commemorates the anniversary on September 17, 1787 of the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The Constitution was not ratified without vigorous national debate and the addition of the first ten Amendments, our Bill … Continue reading

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Senators Explain Constitutional Amendments to Overturn Citizens United

The proposed Constitutional amendments (here and here) overturn Citizens United by permitting the people to limit spending and contributions in elections and by ending the judicial fabrication of “corporate rights” in place of human rights under the Constitution. Read letters (with … Continue reading

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US Senators From Montana and New Mexico Lead With Key Constitutional Amendments

Senator Jon Tester from Montana and Senator Tom Udall from New Mexico have joined to introduce the two key Constitutional Amendment resolutions to overturn Citizens United.  Emphasizing that “corporations are not people,” Senator Tester introduced a Constitutional amendment that would … Continue reading

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With Cross-Partisan Support for Constitutional Amendment on Citizens United, Delaware Becomes State #15

A big week in the growing movement of Americans across the political spectrum to overturn Citizens United, and it’s only Tuesday. Yesterday, Public Citizen announced that Delaware, the state of incorporation for many of the largest corporations, has become the 15th State … Continue reading

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The Corporate Surveillance State and Citizens United

UPDATED: The new information on out-of-control NSA surveillance illustrates again how the corporate surveillance state grows out of the money corruption of our politics. The program seems to have been sold to the government by Booz Allen, a corporation dependent … Continue reading

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In Cross-Partisan Resolution, Illinois Becomes 14th State to Demand Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United

Illinois has become the 14th State to demand a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. That 5-4 decision ruled that the American people may not enact limits on spending in federal, state or … Continue reading

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Maine Overwhelmingly Passes Cross-Partisan Resolution For Constitutional Amendment On Citizens United v. FEC

Maine has become the 13th State to enact a  resolution demanding the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution that will overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous misinterpretation in the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case. In that 5-4 decision, … Continue reading

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