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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: jclements@freespeechforpeople.org

Constitutional Amendments Come In Waves- What Will Ours Bring?

I have a piece in US News & World Report about the indispensable Constitutional amendment power through American history, and why we’re due for another round. Article V of the Constitution provides the Amendment mechanism. It is not easy: Approval … Continue reading

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Prop 49: 28th Amendment Goes On California Ballot

Thanks to the hard work of a grassroots organization, Money Out Voters In, California voters will have their voices heard on whether Citizens United stands, or democracy is renewed with the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Montana farmer (and Senator) tells it straight: Corporations Are Not People

This week, Montana farmer and US Senator Jon Tester, took to the floor of the Senate to explain why he has introduced a Constitutional amendment to preserve rights of human beings, and end the fabrication of new “corporate rights”. In … Continue reading

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New Corporations Are Not People book and speaking tour

The new, updated and expanded edition of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations will be released in August. I’ve worked hard to make this book even more of an effective tool for all of the work we … Continue reading

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A few quick videos still worth watching

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“Expansive notion of corporate personhood”: Hobby Lobby decision on corporations asserting religious rights

The court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faiths. – Justice Ginsburg, dissenting. June 30- The Supreme Court decided 5-4 that a for-profit corporation with a limited number of … Continue reading

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28th Amendment Clears Senate Judiciary Committee Hurdle

Here’s a link to the text of the 28th Amendment that the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sub-Committee on the Constitution, considered and approved today. KOE14034 – Chairman’s Substitute Amendment. Here’s the language: SECTION 1.  To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and … Continue reading

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Democracy.

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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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