Free Speech for People

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Free Speech For People works to challenge the misuse of corporate power and restore republican democracy to the people.

• We catalyze and advance the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United, Buckley v. Valeo, and the fabrication of corporate constitutional rights.

• We engage in legal advocacy to confront the misuse of the U.S. Constitution to claim corporate exemptions from our laws, which damage our communities and undermine freedom and self- government.

•We renew and reform corporate charter laws and other tools to make corporations responsible and accountable to the public.

Get big money out of our politics and end the fiction that corporations have constitutional rights, as if they were people.

A new grassroots movement is spreading like wildfire in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

We the people have the power to overrule the Supreme Court, by amending our Constitution. We've done it 27 times in our history, and the time has come to do it again. We support two pairs of amendment bills offered by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) that cover this ground:

Rep. McGovern's H.J.Res. 20 restores Congress' and the states' authority to limit campaign gifts and spending in all categories; it's similar to Senator Udall's bill, S.J.Res. 19, which has 20 U.S. Senate co-sponsors.

Rep. McGovern's H.J.Res. 21 makes it clear that corporations do not have constitutional rights, as if they were people; it has bi-partisan support in the House from Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), along with many other co-sponsors. It's identical to Senator Tester's bill, S.J.Res. 18.

Website:  www.freespeechforpeople.org

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Actions

We conduct actions to engage the public, elected officials, other organizations and the media. 

 The Corruption Awareness Program (CAP) is one of our ongoing projects.  See details of CAP and other planned actions here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Legislation

The legislation below was all introduced during the 2013 - 2014 or 2015 - 2016 California legislative session or the 113th or 114th Congress.  All those that were not enacted during their respective sessions have expired. 

California Legislation

  • SB 2 - California The Sunshine Act - Died in Assembly committee
  • SB 27 - Preventing Dark Money Contributions in  Future Campaigns - SIGNED INTO LAW
  • AB 700 - The California Disclose Act 
  • SB 254 - Create a ballot measure whereby the people of California can instruct its USs enators and congressional representatives to pass vote for an amendment stating that money is NOT speech and corporations are NOT persons
  • AB 990 - Bill to require increased disclosure and readability on political mailers - PASSED
  • SB 844 - Elections: Ballot Measure Contributions - SIGNED INTO LAW
  • SB 1253: The Ballot Measure Transparency Act- SIGNED INTO LAW
  • SB 1272: Create a ballot measure calling for amendment to the US Constitution overturning Citizen United PASSED, then the resulting Propositon 49 ORDERED REMOVED from the 2014 ballot by the California Supreme Court.
  • SB 254:  Identical to SB 1272.  Introduced into the Senate in March 2016 after the CA Supreme Court killed SB 1272.

U.S. Legislation

  • AJR 1 - Call for US Constitutional Convention under Article V - PASSED!
  • H.R. 20 - The Government By the People Act
  • H.R. 430 - The US DISCLOSE Act of 2015
  • S.229 - The DISCLOSE Act of 2015
  • S. 1538 - The Fair Elections Now Act of 2015
  • H.R 424 - The Empowering Citizens Act of 2015
  • HJR 48 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that the rights extended by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only.
  • HJR 31 - Proposing an amendment to the constitution of the United States that would limit campaign contributions to individuals or public funds and limit the amounts of contributions

Petitions