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. Twitter: @ClementsJeff

Mystery Meat: Why You’re Not Allowed To Know About Your Food

With the demise of our right to know the “country of origin” of our food in the grocery store, I wrote this piece for Fox News about the shrinking rights of Americans when corporations are given new Constitutional rights.  What’s … Continue reading

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Video: Big money & global corporations v. democracy

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Constitutional Amendments Come In Waves- What Will Ours Bring?

I have a piece in US News & World Report about the indispensable Constitutional amendment power through American history, and why we’re due for another round. Article V of the Constitution provides the Amendment mechanism. It is not easy: Approval … Continue reading

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Prop 49: 28th Amendment Goes On California Ballot

Thanks to the hard work of a grassroots organization, Money Out Voters In, California voters will have their voices heard on whether Citizens United stands, or democracy is renewed with the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Montana Senator (and farmer) Jon Tester: Corporations Are Not People

This week, Montana farmer and US Senator Jon Tester, took to the floor of the Senate to explain why he has introduced a Constitutional amendment to preserve rights of human beings, and end the fabrication of new “corporate rights”. In … Continue reading

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New Corporations Are Not People book and speaking tour

The new, updated and expanded edition of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations will be released in August. I’ve worked hard to make this book even more of an effective tool for all of the work we … Continue reading

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A few quick videos still worth watching

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“Expansive notion of corporate personhood”: Hobby Lobby decision on corporations asserting religious rights

The court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faiths. – Justice Ginsburg, dissenting. June 30- The Supreme Court decided 5-4 that a for-profit corporation with a limited number of … Continue reading

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28th Amendment Clears Senate Judiciary Committee Hurdle

Here’s a link to the text of the 28th Amendment that the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sub-Committee on the Constitution, considered and approved today. KOE14034 – Chairman’s Substitute Amendment. Here’s the language: SECTION 1.  To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and … Continue reading

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Overturning Citizens United: “Let’s Finish The Job. Together.”

Good summary of our progress, from Free Speech For People.

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Latest Wrecking Ball on Democracy- McCutcheon v. FEC

My piece for the American Constitution Society reviews the state of play with McCutcheon v. FEC, the “latest wrecking ball flailing around in the rubble of America’s election and campaign finance laws.” The Supreme Court heard argument in the case … Continue reading

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