Citizens United v. FEC

Issa’s Sham Hearings: Brought to You by the Koch Brothers

On Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Darrell Issa (R-CA), will hold a hearing on state and municipal debt.  Parading a roster of ultra-conservative ideologues including Gov.

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC

From the creators of the Story of Stuff, the Story of Citizens United v. FEC, gives an exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.

Events and Video Mark the First Anniversary of Citizens United Decision

To mark the anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC, people across the country organized rallies and house parties to spread awareness of the decision and to call for a constitutional amendment to reverse it. PFAW Foundation released a video about the decision and the need for a constitutional amendment to overturn it.

PFAW and Allies Deliver 750,000 Constitutional Amendment Petitions to Congress

Representatives from People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Move to Amend, Free Speech For People, and MoveOn delivered over 750,000 petitions to members of Rep. Donna Edwards’ staff calling for a Constitutional Amendment to correct Citizens United.

PFAW's Marge Baker Discusses the Impact of Citizens United

PFAW's Marge Baker discusses the impact of and reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010.

Americans Unite Against Corporate Influence in Elections on Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision

Today, the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, activists around the country will gather to protest the decision that lifted restrictions on corporate influence in elections and to call for a constitutional amendment to reverse it.

Citizen Jane Explains the Impact of Citizens United

In our latest video, Citizen Jane explains how Citizens United v. FEC reversed more than 100 years of settled law.

Events to Mark One Year Anniversary of Citizens United Decision

A number of national and local groups will produce a series of events this week to mark the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which overturned limits on corporate influence in elections.  In addition to a wide range of local events planned across the nation, a series of events will take place in Washington, DC to show the broad based support for action—including amending the Constitution—to restore democratic power to citizens, not corporations.

Events include:

One Year After the Citizens United v. FEC Decision

On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned precedent and defied the principle of judicial restraint in an opinion that has become a lightning rod in Washington, D.C. and beyond. This Friday will be the one-year anniversary of that decision.

Health Care Reform Repeal: Bought and Paid for by Citizens United

Alarming new research by PFAW shows that empowered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, corporate-backed groups intent on the repeal of the health care reform law spent an enormous amount of money to help defeat vulnerable supporters of reform and elect candidates who vowed to repeal it.

PFAW Delivers 25,000 DISCLOSE Act Petitions to Senate

Today, People For the American Way delivered to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer more than 25,000 petitions urging the Senate to consider and pass meaningful campaign finance disclosure legislation.

Citizens Blindsided: Updated PFAW Report Examines Role of Corporate Money in 2010 Elections

An updated and expanded report released by People For the American Way today analyzes the impact corporate money had on the 2010 elections, the first election cycle after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Citizens Blindsided: Secret Corporate Money in the 2010 Elections and America’s New Shadow Democracy

PFAW's new report analyzes the impact corporate money had on the 2010 elections, the first election cycle after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

New TV Ad Asks: “Who’s Controlling Ken Buck?”

People For the American Way today released a TV ad in Colorado today calling out Senate candidate Ken Buck for the millions of dollars in support he’s received from shadowy corporate interest groups

After Citizens United: A Look into the Pro-Corporate Players in American Politics

Our new report profiles some of the lavishly funded groups trying to buy the midterm elections to prevent Congress from enacting common sense legislation.

Bipartisan Group of Former Attorneys General and Law Professors Call on Congress to Examine Constitutional Amendment To Reverse Citizens United

As the Supreme Court returns today for its new term, a bipartisan group of law professors and prominent attorneys, including seven former state attorneys general, issued a letter criticizing the Court’s ruling in January in Citizens United v. FEC, which equated corporate spending in elections with free speech rights, and calling on Congress to consider a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision.

The Rogues' Gallery

In our latest report, PFAW takes an in-depth look at 15 of the far right's most extreme candidates for Senate, and it isn't pretty.

Report Profiles Pro-Corporate Players in Post-Citizens United Politics

A new report by People For the American Way profiles the work of nine organizations that are funneling money, in many cases from undisclosed donors, to help elect pro-corporate candidates in the 2010 elections.

Senate GOP Blocks Corporate Campaign Disclosure Vote for the Second Time

Today, the Senate GOP succeeded for the second time in filibustering the DISCLOSE Act, a measure that would ensure the disclosure of corporate political spending in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Rise of the Corporate Court: How the Supreme Court is Putting Businesses First

The Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC is the logical expression of an activist pro-corporatist jurisprudence that has been bubbling up for many decades, but has gained tremendous momentum over the last generation.
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