US Senate Hearing On Citizens United, Constitutional Amendment



 WASHINGTON, DC – Free Speech For People, a national campaign helping to lead the growing movement for a constitutional amendment to reclaim democracy, is urging the US Senate to support two amendment bills pending in Congress that would overturn the US Supreme Court’s January 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and restore democracy to the people.

The US Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, chaired by Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, will hold a first-ever hearing on Tuesday on Citizens United and the constitutional amendment bills currently pending in Congress to overturn the ruling. In written testimony submitted on behalf of Free Speech For People by Jeffrey D. Clements, the group’s co-founder and president, Mr. Clements highlights Free Speech For People’s endorsement of two amendment bills which, taken together, would “restore the authority of Congress and the States to regulate campaign spending” and would abolish “the fabricated doctrine of corporate constitutional rights.”

Here’s my written  Senate testimony.

More from Free Speech for People is here.

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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