Government By the People

Activist Resources for the Two-Year Anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC

Americans are taking to the streets and standing up to corporate greed and injustice. Here are some tools to help.

Sign Up to Host a House Party

On November 9, 2011, PFAW and our allies at Public Citizen are mobilizing activists across the country to host organizing house parties in preparation for the January 21 day of action, marking the two-year anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC.

Violence Never An Option Against Peaceful Protests

Law enforcement officials broke up the Oakland offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests this week with tear gas and, some protestors say, rubber bullets. Violence should never be used against peaceful protesters.

Gingrich’s Radical Plan to Weaken the Judiciary

At this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, and again on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stated that as president, he would urge Congress to subpoena federal judges whose decisions he disagreed with and even ignore Supreme Court rulings that he believes are wrong.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Reverse Citizens United

Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) introduced a constitutional amendment that would restore to Congress and the states the authority to regulate corporate spending on political activity, including contributions in support of or in opposition to a candidate for public office. This proposed amendment seeks to overturn the Supreme Court’s deeply flawed decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which granted corporations the same Free Speech rights as people to spend money to influence elections. The amendment is similar to one introduced in the last Congress, and was introduced with the support of 14 other co-sponsors.

“We applaud this bold step by Representatives Edwards and Conyers to place limits on the corporate spending on elections which is hurtling out of control. It is time that we take down the for sale sign on our democracy and constitutional remedies such as that proposed by Representatives Edwards and Conyers are the only meaningful way to do that,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president at People For the American Way. “Reversing the damage caused by Citizens United is absolutely crucial to making sure that the American people – and not the deepest-pocketed corporations – hold the keys to our democracy. The pro-corporate Supreme Court is taking us down a slippery slope, and it’s time for bold steps to preserve the democratic promise of government by the people.”

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The Citizens United Era: How the Supreme Court Continues to Put Business First

A new PFAW Foundation report examines how the Supreme Court's conservative majority is working to reshape our Constitution and elevate corporate interests above the rights of individual Americans. Beginning with the 2010 decision in Citizens United, the Roberts Court has handed down a steady stream of decisions that allow enormous corporations to use their significant resource advantage to influence the law in their favor.

The True Spirit of the Union

If you ask people what part of the U.S. Constitution has been most critical for advancing social progress, many would say the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause or the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection guarantee. But a powerful case can be made that the most important constitutional instrument for social progress in our history has been the Commerce Clause

PFAW Foundation Helps Launch "Constitutional Progressives"

This morning, People For the American Way Foundation joined with the Constitutional Accountability Center and the Center for American Progress to launch “Constitutional Progressives,” a comprehensive effort designed to restore the Constitution as a document that honors the Constitution’s progressive text and history and unifies and inspires Americans around the core values embedded in the Constitution.

Mitt Romney: Man of the Corporations

PFAW's TV ad airing in New Hampshire challenges presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent assertion that “corporations are people.”

New PFAW Ad in New Hampshire Asks, 'Mitt Romney: Man of the People?'

People For the American Way today released a new TV ad in New Hampshire, challenging presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent assertion that “corporations are people.

PFAW Celebrates Victory of Wisconsin Voters Over Corporate Special Interests

Wisconsin voters yesterday ousted two right-wing state senators who had provided critical support for Gov. Scott Walker's devastating economic agenda.

After 2 big wins, what now? We keep fighting!

In the Wisconsin elections last night, Republicans barely held on to their majority by cashing in on their massive corporate support in the post-Citizens United era. But we changed the game and seized momentum heading into the next battles.

PFAW Foundation Stands with Americans to Expose ALEC

Today, a group of concerned Americans held a press conference outside of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s summer meeting in New Orleans.

Americans Hurt by ALEC "Model Bills" Speak Out at ALEC Annual Meeting as Corporate Members & Politicians Vote on More State Legislation

On Wednesday, August 3, a teacher, a small business owner, a reverend and a disenfranchised voter will speak out at a press conference to unveil the real human toll of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s "model bills."

Barriers to Justice and Accountability: How the Supreme Court's Recent Rulings Will Affect Corporate Behavior

PFAWF's commentary to the Senate Judiciary committee reveals that, during its 2010-2011 term, the Supreme Court has severely undermined individuals’ ability to harness the power of law to rein in giant corporations’ excesses.

Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to Clean Elections

The Supreme Court today, in a 5-4 decision, struck down the long-standing Arizona law providing matching funds for publicly financed candidates running against well-financed opponents.

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.

The 2010-2011 Supreme Court Term: Corporate Power v. People’s Rights

Several times this term, a divided Supreme Court has let a right wing political agenda trump the law and common sense, to the detriment of the Constitution and the American people.

PFAW Foundation Report: ALEC—The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures

Today, PFAWF released its latest Right Wing Watch: In Focus report on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the quietly influential organization behind pro-corporate laws in states throughout the country.

From Taxing Railroads to Buying Elections

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, a landmark case which was interpreted to confer “personhood” on corporations rather than individuals.
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