Jeff Clements – former Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts and co-founder of Free Speech for People – will be at the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord, MA at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 to discuss the impact of the Citizens United v FEC Supreme Court ruling on our democracy and kick off a national tour for his new book “Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations.”
In a recent op-ed for US News and World Report, Clements writes:
“The Supreme Court’s series of misguided 5-4 rulings such as Citizens United v. FEC has created special rights for “things,”such as money and corporations, while constricting the right of all people to be heard, to an equal vote, to representation and participation in self-government. And while billions of dollars of special interest money, often secret, flood our political process and corrupt our government, corporations from Hobby Lobby to Monsanto to Peabody Energy increasingly deploy the new “corporate veto” in the courts to skirt even the most basic public laws.
We can despair and give up on a government of, for and by the people. Or we can do what virtually every generation of Americans before us has done when we fall short of our promise of self-government – we can renew democracy with our power to amend the Constitution.”
The US Senate is schedule to vote on “The Democracy For All” (SJ RES 19) amendment on Sept. 8 2014. The amendment will grant Congress the authority to regulate campaign spending. The language distinguishes between natural persons and artificial entities like corporations and unions and will permit Congress to prohibit corporate and union political spending. So far, the amendment has 50 co-sponsors in the Senate and 117 co-sponsors in the House.