Author Archives: Jeff Clements

About Jeff Clements

Jeff serves as President of American Promise. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and private practice, and is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is also the founder of Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy. Previously, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses. Today, in addition to the board of American Promise, he serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. Twitter: @ClementsJeff

American Promise

If You Believe In The American Promise, It Is Time To Act. African Americans are property. Women have no right to vote. Americans who favor an income tax violate the Constitution. Poll taxes may lock out millions of Americans from … Continue reading

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(Video) Keeping The American Promise: Money, Free Speech & Democracy

Keeping the American Promise: Money, Free Speech & Democracy A public forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle and Acton Area

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Recent pieces: 28th Amendment Drive Is Real

A couple of my recent op-eds challenge the “we’re not capable caucus” on the 28th Amendment: In Reuters, with Doris Kearns Goodwin, on the historical gravity – and opportunity- we face. And in The Hill, some reflections on a blind spot … Continue reading

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A Constitutional Amendment Is Necessary To Renew American Democracy– And It’s Coming

Visiting with the American Constitution Society in San Francisco recently, I talked about the rationale for the 28th Amendment campaign, the progress of the Democracy For All Amendment, among other things. Here’s my talk with links. Renewing American Democracy With … Continue reading

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Delaware Chief Justice: Citizens United On A Collision Course With Conservative Corporate Legal Theory

Leo F. Strine, Jr., the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and well known corporate legal expert, has a piece on Citizens United in the latest Cornell Law Review (co-authored with Nicholas Walter). His conclusion: Citizens United is on a … Continue reading

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28th Amendment Introduced in Congress With More Than 100 Sponsors

January 21, 2015 On the 5th anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, more than 100 Senators and Representatives introduced a Constitutional amendment that would overturn the decision. The Democracy For All Amendment restores the ability of Americans to enact … Continue reading

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Video: Clinton School of Public Service- Little Rock, AK November 19, 2014

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63,000 Strikes & You’re Out? Not in Delaware

Massey Energy, the Delaware Attorney General, and the breakdown of corporate law and public responsibility – My new piece on Huffington Post.

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Responding to the New Gilded Age- American Constitution Society, Seattle, Washington

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28th Amendment- We Can Do This.

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We the People: September 17 is Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the anniversary of the completion of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. I’ll be going to Washington to celebrate at the Communication Workers of America with the Democracy Initiative, the American Constitution Society, Free Speech For People and many … Continue reading

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Surprise: Billion Dollar Corporate Front Lobby Group Supports Citizens United, Opposes Reform

A Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United and restore the freedom and right of the people to stop the destruction of American democracy by unlimited money of global corporations and the very few continued to make progress this week. In … Continue reading

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