Denver Debate and Colorado’s Amendment Initiative

I’m here in Colorado for a couple of book events this Friday- – one at Barnes and Noble on 16th Street in Denver and the other in Boulder (details here). The campaign for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United is a big issue here, and will be on the statewide ballot in November as Initiative 65.

As with most other Americans, I’m looking forward to this evening’s debate between President Obama and Governor Romney. Americans across the country have signed petitions asking the debate moderator to put Citizens United and the Constitutional amendment question to the candidates. Some of them are here in Denver:


Here’s one way to put the question, and every candidate for every office in the land ought to be asked (after all, the Supreme Court’s bludgeoning of traditional election spending rules applies to every federal, state, and local election):

Following the Supreme Court’s elimination in Citizens United v. FEC of the people’s right to have balanced election spending rules and to restrict corporate and union spending, millions of Americans have signed resolutions demanding that Congress send the 28th Amendment to the States for ratification, hundreds of cities and towns and eight states have enacted similar resolutions, and the corruption of SuperPacs, secret money, and disenfranchisement of most Americans due to the domination of big spenders has been vividly illustrated in this election.

Do you support the 28th Amendment to restore free, fair elections and political equality of all Americans? If so, what will you do to help its passage through Congress and ratification in the States?

The answer to that question will reveal a great deal about the vision and leadership of the candidates, and their readiness to guide America to a new century as a dynamic and innovative republic of free, equal 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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