John Bonifaz

John Bonifaz is co-founder and director of Free Speech For People (www.freespeechforpeople.org), a national nonpartisan campaign working to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and the corporate rights doctrine.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Abolishing the Wealth Primary: The New Poll Tax in American Politics
Fifty years ago today, the United States Supreme Court struck down the poll tax, a barrier that, for decades, had blocked millions of poor African-American voters, as well as poor white voters, from exercising their right to vote. In that case, Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections , the Court...
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Friday, February 26, 2016
The Threat of Big Money in Politics and the Call for a 28th Amendment
While Americans agree that there is too much money coming from too few people in our political campaigns today, a debate over how to address that problem raises an even larger question about whether or not we still have a Constitution that works to provide a government of, by, and for the people...
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Monday, June 25, 2012
Constitutional Amendment Can Defend Democracy Against Citizens United Debacle
In the face of overwhelming evidence that the basic premise of the Citizens United ruling was wrong, five justices of the United States Supreme Court today said they do not care. They do not care about the facts. They do not care that two years of experience under the Citizens United ruling have demonstrated that independent expenditures from corporations and mega-wealthy individuals threaten the integrity of our elections. They do not care about the devastating impact of their ruling on our democracy.
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Sunday, December 04, 2011
Restore Democracy to the People with 28th Amendment
America is at a crossroads. Shall we be governed by people or by corporations? If you thought we had already answered that question more than two centuries ago, you’re right. The framers of our Constitution were clear that we were to be a government of, for and by the people. They recognized that corporations were not people and that the Constitution did not guarantee corporations rights intended for people.
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Tuesday, January 04, 2005
We Must Choose to Fight. Count Every Vote
Remarks Delivered at the Rally for the Republic Faneuil Hall, Boston Monday, January 3, 2005 Four years ago last month, the United States Supreme Court stopped the vote counting in the State of Florida and, for the first time, selected the president of the United States. It marked a dark moment in our nation's history.
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Tuesday, December 07, 2004
The Ohio Recount Will Go Forward
John C. Bonifaz, founder and general counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, presented this speech before the "Fight for Democracy" rally in Columbus, Ohio, on December 4, 2004: We serve as co-counsel for presidential candidates David Cobb and Michael Badnarik in their demand for a full recount of all votes cast in Ohio for President in the 2004 general election.
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