Fair and Just Courts

PFAW Statement on Day One of the Kagan Hearings

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Senate Republicans are facing enormous pressure from their base to oppose Elena Kagan, but can’t find any credible reason to do so.

Supreme Court Rules Against Government-Aided Discrimination

The Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that a publicly funded law school need not provide funding and recognition to a campus group with policies that discriminate based on religion and sexual orientation.

People For Statement on House Passage of the DISCLOSE Act

The House today passed a version of the DISCLOSE Act, the first legislative "fix" to the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

New PFAW Poll Shows Americans Want Action to Correct Citizens United

Results of a poll conducted by Hart Research Associates for People For the American Way revealed that Americans across the political spectrum are intensely concerned about corporate influence in our democracy and disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

New Poll: Wide Support for Limiting Corporate Spending in Elections

In a new PFAW poll that cuts across the political spectrum, Americans overwhelmingly believe that our democracy must be protected from unlimited corporate spending.

Massachusetts Senators Introduce “Free Speech For People” Resolution

Today, a group of Massachusetts state senators introduced a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Citizens United panel at America's Future Now!

PFAW's Marge Baker and others present a panel at America's Future Now! conference entitled, "We the People, Not We the Corporations"

20 Questions for Solicitor General Kagan

People For the American Way has released a suggested list of 20 serious and substantive questions for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask Solicitor General Elena Kagan in the upcoming hearings on her Supreme Court nomination.

20 Questions for Solicitor General Kagan

As Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings begin, here are 20 questions we think she should answer.

Senate Confirms Three Federal Judges; Over 100 Vacancies Remain

The Senate today unanimously confirmed three judges to serve on federal district courts, leaving over one hundred federal judicial vacancies. The Senate has now confirmed only 31 of President Obama’s federal circuit and district court nominees; 17 nominees who were approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee are still awaiting floor votes. At this time in George W.

Sessions and Kyl Shocked, Shocked to Find that Kagan Has Used Sentences Beginning with “I”

Senators Sessions and Kyl have apparently reached a new level of desperation in their effort to smear Elena Kagan, making petty claims that rely on the same ridiculous double standard that they have embraced throughout the confirmation process.

Previewing the Right Wing Playbook on the Kagan Confirmation Hearings

When Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement plans, the Right swung into action with a plan to make the confirmation process just one more part of their 2010 and 2012 political strategies.

Supreme Court Halts Public Matching Funds for Arizona Candidates

The Supreme Court ruled today that Arizona candidates who have opted in to the state’s public financing system can’t collect matching funds—the money allotted to candidates who are up against particularly well-funded opponents or interest groups—until the Court has time to consider whether the matching funds are constitutional.

Senator Cornyn Exposes Right’s Hypocrisy on Judicial Philosophy

Senator John Cornyn today accused Solicitor General Elena Kagan of displaying “disregard for the First Amendment and freedom of speech” by defending laws that limited corporate influence on elections.

House Committee Approves DISCLOSE Act

The House Administration Committee today approved an amended version of the DISCLOSE Act, a bill aimed at blunting the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:

“By approving the DISCLOSE Act, The House Administration Committee has taken an important step toward restoring democracy and transparency to our electoral process.

Corporate Court Resources


McCutcheon v. FEC Activist Toolkit

McCutcheon v. FEC is a money in politics case with huge implications for our democracy.

Activist Toolkit: Stopping Senate Obstruction of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Even before the President nominated supremely qualified nominees to the DC Circuit, some Senate Republicans had threatened to filibuster the them -- whoever they were, whatever their qualifications.

United For the People

Featured at this year's Netroots Nation, check out our new United For the People web portal featuring all the organizations that are united in the belief that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United must be remedied by a Constitutional amendment in order to restore the democratic promise of America.


Take Action

Tell Congress: Amend the U.S. Constitution to ensure the government has the authority to limit corporate influence in elections

The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC threatens to tear apart the fabric of our democracy and grant powerful corporations unfettered influence in our political process. Sign PFAW's petition to tell Congressional leaders to amend the Constitution today.

Tell Congress to Pass the Government By the People Act!

Help put the power in our democracy back where it belongs: In the hands of the People.

People For Statement on the Nomination of Elena Kagan

President Obama today nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to fill the vacancy left by departing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens -- the confirmation process will present a unique opportunity for a dialogue about the role of the Court and the meaning of our Constitution.

Choosing the Next Supreme Court Justice: Lessons From the Jurisprudence of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens

The announcement on April 9, 2010 that Associate Justice John Paul Stevens will retire from the Supreme Court of the United States after almost 35 years of service reminded us of the remarkable impact Justice Stevens has had on this country and created another opportunity for President Barack Obama to nominate a Supreme Court jurist.

New Provocative Ad Asks: “Is The Supreme Court Corporate America’s Newest Subsidiary?”

A new ad, released May 7, asks the provocative question: “Is the Supreme Court corporate America’s newest subsidiary?”
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