Fair and Just Courts

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC

A new video, The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, gives an exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.

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.

Organizations Call on Senate Leaders to Keep Confirmations Moving

In a letter sent today, a wide array of organizations called on Senate leaders to ensure that President Obama’s judicial nominees receive timely votes during the 112th Congress.

Senate Confirms Three Judicial Nominees

The Senate today confirmed three of President Obama’s judicial nominees as the result of an agreement between Senate Democrats and Republicans.

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'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.

Ongoing Coverage on PFAW's Blog

Check out PFAW's ongoing coverage of Judicial Nominations

Editorial Memorandum: Judicial Nominees and the State of the Union

To: Interested Parties
From: Marge Baker, People For the American Way
Re: Judicial Nominees and the State of the Union
Date: January 25, 2011

While it’s not clear exactly which Supreme Court Justices will attend President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, it is clear that at least some of the Court’s conservative members agree with the President on one pressing issue: the need to hasten the confirmation of judges to the federal bench.

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.

President Obama Sends Judicial Nominations Back to the Senate

President Obama today renominated 42 judicial nominees whose confirmations were blocked by Senate Republicans last year.

Changing How We Treat Judicial Nominees

In the last session of Congress, the Senate’s treatment of President Obama’s judicial nominees was deeply disappointing. When the 111th Congress drew to a close, no fewer than 19 nominees were left waiting for votes

GOP Senators Target Judicial Nominees of Color

To: Interested Parties
From: Marge Baker, People For the American Way
Re: GOP Senators Target Judicial Nominees of Color
Date: December 22, 2010

Republicans Stymie Progress on Judicial Nominations

According to media reports, Senate Republicans have agreed to confirm a total of 19 of the 38 judicial nominations pending on the Senate’s calendar at the beginning of the lame duck session in exchange for a commitment that Senate Democrats refrain from holding votes on four others.

Anti-Health Care Lawsuit Succeeds in Virginia

A federal judge in Virginia has declared portions of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in a decision in the case brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, said:

Holding Judges Hostage

As the end of the 111th Congress approaches, 38 judicial nominees approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee are waiting for a vote on the Senate floor. Many of the nominees have been waiting for months, while a few have been waiting for almost a year.

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.
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