Coming soon: Corporations Are Not People

I’m finishing my new book, Corporations Are Not People, coming in January from Berrett-Koehler. The book tells the true story of how some of the largest corporations in the world organized to take over our American government and Constitution, culminating in the 5-4 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in 2010In Citizens United, the Court ruled that corporations have First Amendment speech rights, corporate money is speech, and therefore the American people are not allowed to keep corporate money out of politics and elections. This latest blow to government of the people follows a three-decade campaign by and for global corporations to disable democracy. Corporations Are Not People shows how devastating this corporate campaign has been to America and Americans, and how we can work together to take back freedom and democracy for people.

The book will be out in January but you can pre-order it  here, from your favorite bookstore or directly from Berrett-Koehler. I hope that Corporations Are Not People can contribute to a long-overdue national debate and reform campaign to rebuild that rarest of things, a peaceful republic of free and equal people. You can join that effort at Free Speech for People.

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:
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