In Cross-Partisan Resolution, Illinois Becomes 14th State to Demand Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United

Illinois has become the 14th State to demand a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. That 5-4 decision ruled that the American people may not enact limits on spending in federal, state or even local elections or on contributions to “independent” campaign groups. The Citizens United decision also ratified the newly fabricated doctrine of “corporate speech” rights, comparing corporations to “a disadvantaged person.”

Legal News Line has a story on the Illinois action here.

And on the expanding abuse of the First Amendment by corporations, see this piece from the New Republic, The Right to Evade Regulation, How Corporations Hijacked the First Amendment

 

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
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