Fair and Just Courts

PFAW Applauds Obama for Criticizing Citizens United Decision

In his annual State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama criticized the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC. People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan applauded the remarks, including the President’s focus on this dangerous ruling.

The Need for Constitutional Amendment in Response to Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United v. FEC

On Thursday, January 21st, in the case of Citizens United v. FEC, 2010 U.S. LEXIS 766,involving Section 441b of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), the U.S. Supreme Court made a radical about-face and reversed long-standing precedent that had previously upheld the constitutionality of the federal law that restricts independent corporate spending in elections.

Vote Long Overdue on 3rd Circuit Court Nomination

Today, People For the American Way called on the U.S. Senate to confirm President Obama's nominee to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, Joseph Greenaway.

"Judge Greenaway is a competent, qualified, fair-minded nominee who should be confirmed for this position as soon as possible," said Marge Baker, Executive Vice President at People For the American Way. "He was approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee. There's absolutely no reason to delay his confirmation to this post."

Editorial Memo: The Citizens United Decision and How to Fix It

The Supreme Court upended our political system with its decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The decision represents an unprecedented attack on the core democratic values of the Constitution.

Roberts Court Puts Corporate Power above Individual Rights

In response to today's Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, People For the American Way president Michael B. Keegan said, "Today's ruling is yet another example of selective enforcement of constitutional rights by the Roberts Court."

People For the American Way Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Undo Supreme Court Decision

In response to today's Supreme Court ruling, which overturned over one hundred years of established law limiting the impact of corporations on elections, People For the American Way called for a constitutional amendment, in addition to legislative remedies, to restore Congress's ability to regulate corporate influence on elections.

Obama Renominates Dawn Johnsen for OLC

The President yesterday formally renominated Dawn Johnsen, his choice to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, along with several other nominees obstructed by Senate Republicans last year.

Judiciary Republicans Seek to Delay Johnsen Confirmation

In response to news reports that Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are seeking a second hearing for Dawn Johnsen, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker said, "This latest maneuver by Senate Republicans is anything but a good faith effort to protect national security. We absolutely face serious threats, and the Obama administration needs all hands on deck."

President Obama to Renominate Dawn Johnsen and Other 2009 Nominees

The White House announced today that President Obama will renominate Dawn Johnsen, his choice to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), along with other nominees whose confirmations were obstructed by Republicans last year.

PFAW: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

The recent and unparalleled resurgence of right-wing extremism in todays politics concerns us deeply. But thanks to three decades of PFAW activists, we can meet any challenge.

The Numbers Don't Lie--GOP Obstruction Efforts Unprecedented in Senate

If it has seemed that Republican Senators have been expending tremendous amounts of energy for the sole purpose of slowing down the work of the Senate and the President’s reform agenda, that’s because they have.

Monitoring, Exposing, and Countering the Right in 2009

Following the 2008 election, and the Right’s drubbing at the polls, many people suggested that the Right was dead. Some even said that People For the American Way could declare victory and go home. But we knew better. Despite our optimism at the inauguration of Barack Obama, People For knew that the Right remained a grave threat, with its infrastructure intact, its funders unbowed, and its extremists undaunted

Dawn Johnsen: Background

Background on Dawn Johnsen, Nominee for Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel

Restore Justice: Dawn Johnsen

Facts on Dawn Johnsen, Nominee for Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel

Campaign to Restore Justice

CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW

Justice has been in exile for eight long years. It needs to be restored.

That means restoring checks and balances, accountability, transparency and the rule of law -- some of our most fundamental constitutional values that have been stepped on and undermined by the previous administration. It's going to take a lot of effort and all three branches of government.

Hamilton Becomes Just Seventh Obama Nominee Confirmed to Federal Bench

In response to the successful confirmation of Judge David Hamilton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker said, "After months of concerted foot-dragging by Senate Republican leaders, Judge David Hamilton was finally confirmed."

Sessions' 'Extraordinary' Filibuster Falls Short Judge David Hamilton Advances

In response to the successful cloture vote on the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker said, "After months of waiting, the path has finally been cleared for President Obama’s first judicial nominee Judge David Hamilton to join the Seventh Circuit."

Letter to Sen. Harry Reid from Progressive Leaders on the Delay in Confirming Dawn Johnsen

Letter to Sen. Harry Reid from Progressive Leaders on the Delay in Confirming Dawn Johnsen

The Pressure Is Building - Confirm Dawn Johnsen Now

For months now, Senate Republicans have been blocking the confirmation of President Obama's nominees to key positions in the federal government. Dawn Johnsen, the President's eminently qualified nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department, has been waiting longer than almost anyone else-nearly eight months!

Senate Confirms Thomas Perez

The United States Senate today confirmed the nomination of Thomas Perez to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
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