Government By the People

Dozens of Congressional Candidates Pledge to Support a Constitutional Amendment Overturning Court Ruling Enabling Corporations to Swamp Elections

Dozens of candidates for Congress have pledged to support a constitutional amendment to overturn a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling and thereby help ensure that elections are not hijacked by corporations.

PFAW Memo: Robert Gibbs, the “Professional Left”, and the Opportunity We Can’t Miss

To: Progressive Allies
From: Michael B. Keegan, President, People For the American Way
Re: Robert Gibbs, the "Professional Left", and the Opportunity We Can't Miss
Date: August 17, 2010

Elena Kagan Confirmed to the Supreme Court

In a historic step forward for all Americans, the Senate has approved the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court by a vote of 63 to 37.

PFAW Statement: Committee Approves Shareholder Protection Act

The House Financial Services Committee approved the Act, which would require corporations to receive permission from a majority of shareholders before setting aside a budget for campaign expenditures, and would require all large election-related expenditures to be disclosed to shareholders and the public.

Republican Opposition Derails DISCLOSE Act; Baucus Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Undo Citizens United

The Senate today failed to end a Republican filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act. After the vote, Sen. Max Baucus announced that he would introduce a Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United.

Senate to Debate Crucial Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill

This afternoon, the Senate will begin debate on the DISCLOSE Act, a bill that would tighten campaign spending disclosure rules for corporations and unions, and limit which corporations are able to spend money to influence elections. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.

People For the American Way, Public Citizen Launch Constitutional Amendment Pledge Campaign to Undo Citizens United

People For the American Way and Public Citizen today announced a campaign calling on candidates for Congress to pledge to support an amendment to the Constitution to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s dangerous decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

People For the American Way Endorses the Confirmation of Elena Kagan

Following her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, People For the American Way announced its support for the confirmation of Elena Kagan to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens.

Senator Sessions Equates Citizens United with Brown v. Board

Talking Points Memo has reported an exchange in which Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, defended the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC by comparing it to the decision to desegregate American schools in Brown v. Board of Education.

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.

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.
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