Taking on “Political Bribery” in the Wake of CItizens United–A conversation with Jeff Clements

Every national poll shows that a vast majority of Americans are concerned about the billions of dollars that flow through the political industry every year. But can we take on “political bribery” in the wake of the Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United? Can Americans from across the political spectrum really be organized to challenge the influence of well-heeled corporations and special interests? Is reform even possible?

Jeff Clements—lawyer, author and former Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General—is taking on these very questions. Following the ruling, he co-founded American Promise–a national, non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that is taking on state campaign finance rules and advocating for a 28th “For Our Freedom” Amendment to the United States Constitution that would allow the U.S. Congress and states to set reasonable limits on campaign spending.

On Friday June 9th at 4pm ET, Open Primaries President John Opdycke will welcome Jeff Clements to our Virtual Discussion Series for a spirited discussion on how to get money out of politics and learn what that really means in 2023 and our current political state. You don’t want to miss this one! 


Jeff Clements the Co-founder and president of American Promise. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and private practice, and is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is also the founder of Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy. Previously, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses.

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