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About Jeff Clements

Jeff Clements is co-founder and chair of the board of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, challenge excessive corporate power, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He co-founded Free Speech For People in 2010, after representing several public interest organizations with a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Citizens United case. Jeff has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. As Bureau Chief, he led more than 100 staff in the enforcement of environmental, healthcare, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection laws. In private practice, Jeff has been a partner at Mintz Levin in Boston, and in his own firm. Jeff also has served in leadership capacities on numerous boards, including that 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; Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental organization he co-founded with others to protect and enhance stewardship of Maine’s Casco Bay; and The Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 2012, Jeff co-founded Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides cost-effective capital to farmers and businesses engaged in local, sustainable agriculture. Jeff graduated with distinction in History and Government from Colby College in 1984, and magna cum laude from the Cornell Law School in 1988. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife and three children. Jeff Clements Twitter: @ClementsJeff Email:

Recent pieces: 28th Amendment Drive Is Real

A couple of my recent op-eds challenge the “we’re not capable caucus” on the 28th Amendment: In Reuters, with Doris Kearns Goodwin, on the historical gravity – and opportunity- we face. And in The Hill, some reflections on a blind spot … Continue reading

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A Constitutional Amendment Is Necessary To Renew American Democracy– And It’s Coming

Visiting with the American Constitution Society in San Francisco recently, I talked about the rationale for the 28th Amendment campaign, the progress of the Democracy For All Amendment, among other things. Here’s my talk with links. Renewing American Democracy With … Continue reading

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Delaware Chief Justice: Citizens United On A Collision Course With Conservative Corporate Legal Theory

Leo F. Strine, Jr., the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and well known corporate legal expert, has a piece on Citizens United in the latest Cornell Law Review (co-authored with Nicholas Walter). His conclusion: Citizens United is on a … Continue reading

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28th Amendment Introduced in Congress With More Than 100 Sponsors

January 21, 2015 On the 5th anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, more than 100 Senators and Representatives introduced a Constitutional amendment that would overturn the decision. The Democracy For All Amendment restores the ability of Americans to enact … Continue reading

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Video: Clinton School of Public Service- Little Rock, AK November 19, 2014

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63,000 Strikes & You’re Out? Not in Delaware

Massey Energy, the Delaware Attorney General, and the breakdown of corporate law and public responsibility – My new piece on Huffington Post.

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Responding to the New Gilded Age- American Constitution Society, Seattle, Washington

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28th Amendment- We Can Do This.

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We the People: September 17 is Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the anniversary of the completion of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. I’ll be going to Washington to celebrate at the Communication Workers of America with the Democracy Initiative, the American Constitution Society, Free Speech For People and many … Continue reading

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Surprise: Billion Dollar Corporate Front Lobby Group Supports Citizens United, Opposes Reform

A Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United and restore the freedom and right of the people to stop the destruction of American democracy by unlimited money of global corporations and the very few continued to make progress this week. In … Continue reading

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Mystery Meat: Why You’re Not Allowed To Know About Your Food

With the demise of our right to know the “country of origin” of our food in the grocery store, I wrote this piece for Fox News about the shrinking rights of Americans when corporations are given new Constitutional rights.  What’s … Continue reading

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Video: Big money & global corporations v. democracy

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