People For the American Way (PFAW)

People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Romney Still Thinks Corporations are People. They Still Aren’t
Campaigning in Florida today, Mitt Romney doubled down on his claim that “corporations are people.” “I was in Iowa the other day, and people suggested that we just raise taxes on corporations,” Romney said, according to Politico . “I told them, corporations are people…Raising taxes on corporations is raising taxes on people.”
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
PFAW: Perry and ‘Treason’
In a presidential campaign stop in Iowa yesterday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a crowd that the Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s emergency economic plan to print more money was “almost treasonous.” “I don't know what you all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,” the governor said. The video was captured by Think Progress. Marge Baker, Executive Vice President at People For the American Way, said:
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Monday, August 15, 2011
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.” In an event in Iowa last week, Romney responded to an audience member who suggested that he be open to raising taxes on corporations, “Corporations are people, my friend. Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?”
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011
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." ALEC is a vehicle by which corporations and politicians collaborate on blueprints for pro-corporate legislation to bring back to the states. WHAT : A Press Conference to Give Voice to the Victims of the ALEC Agenda
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
PFAW Applauds Senators’ Push to End DOMA
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Senator Dianne Feinstein and Chairman Patrick Leahy are leading the push to end the discriminatory law, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples and has kept thousands of married couples from enjoying the full rights and responsibilities of marriage.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
PFAW Urges Congress to Give Students Another Chance at the DREAM
Today, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) held a hearing on the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow access to affordable postsecondary education, opportunities for military service and potentially a path to full citizenship to thousands of qualified young students striving for a better future. Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:
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Monday, June 27, 2011
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. In McComish v. Bennett, the Court’s majority held that the matching funds provision violates the First Amendment by chilling the speech of private campaign donors. Arizona’s voters adopted the clean elections law in the 1990s to reduce the political corruption that was repeatedly driving the state into crisis. Two governors had faced criminal indictment.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
In Two Decisions, Corporate Court Majority Rules with Drug Companies over Citizens
The Supreme Court today handed two victories to large drug companies over the citizens who had sought to hold them accountable. In both cases, the Court was divided. In one, PLIVA v. Mensing, the Court ruled that a woman could not sue the manufacturer of a generic drug for failing to provide adequate warning of the drug’s known side effects. In another, Sorrell v. IMS Health, the Court struck down Vermont’s medical privacy law prohibiting pharmaceutical companies from obtaining pharmacies’ prescription data to target doctors for advertising.
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Monday, June 13, 2011
Perry Rally Spokesman Says Event is Meant to Convert Non-Christians; PFAW Urges Governor to Drop Support
Today, a spokesman for “The Response,” a rally spearheaded by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, told American Family Radio that the event would be open to people of all faiths…but with the goal of encouraging non-Christians to “seek out the living Christ.”
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Condemning Extreme Social Policy Riders, PFAW Calls for DC Voting Rights
DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton hosted a press conference today on Capitol Hill in defense of her city. Speaking out against several policy riders that have been passed or threatened by conservatives in Congress, Delegate Norton, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, DC Vote, and members of the civil rights community voiced their support for autonomy and the right to self-government for the people of the District of Columbia. Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:
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