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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.

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.

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.

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.
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