St Pete Councilwoman Darden Rice proposes ordinance to ban super PAC, foreign cash in elections

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Free Speech For People, a national non-profit public interest organization founded on the day of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling,helped to draft the proposed ordinance being referred to committee by Councilwoman Rice this Thursday.

“We are proud to be working with Councilwoman Darden Rice in this historic fight for our democracy,” says Free Speech For People Counsel Scott Greytak.  “With the passage of this ordinance, St. Petersburg can help lead the way for communities across the nation that are seeking to defend the promise of American self-government: of, by, and for the people.”

“We must end the dominance of big money interests over our elections and ensure that all our voices can be heard,” says Rae Claire Johnson, the Director of American Promise-Tampa Bay, a local non-profit public interest organization dedicated to helping lead the movement in the region to reclaim our democracy.  “This proposed ordinance marks an important milestone in our struggle to restore democracy to the people.”

American Promise-Tampa Bay will be holding a public event at 6 pm on Friday, July 22, at Ferg’s Sports Bar, 1320 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, where people can learn more about this proposed ordinance and ask questions. Jeff Clements, Founder of American Promise and author of “Corporations are Not People”, will also be speaking and signing copies of this book.

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