Making Democracy Work

Money in Politics, 2015-2016

Speaker and Discussion Leader

Jeff Clements
Co-founder and General Counsel of Free Speech for People

Author of Corporations Are Not People

Jeff Clements is co-founder and chair of the board of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan organization combining innovative legal scholarship and advocacy with grass roots/citizen engagement strategies to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations, and his articles and opinion pieces have appeared widely (US News & World Report, The Hill, The Boston Globe, Fox News, American Constitution Society, Salon, among others).

Jeff also is president of Whaleback Partners, LLC, which invests in entrepreneurial businesses building a sustainable local food economy. He co-founded Whaleback Partners in 2012.

As Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, Jeff led more than 100 staff in the enforcement of environmental, healthcare, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection laws. In private practice, Jeff has been a partner at a major Boston law firm and in his own firm.

Jeff also has served in leadership capacities on numerous boards, including that of the Portland Water District, a public agency responsible for protecting and delivering safe drinking water and ensuring proper treatment of wastewater for 160,000 people; Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental organization he co-founded with others to protect and enhance stewardship of Maine's Casco Bay; and The Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Jeff graduated with distinction in History and Government from Colby College, and magna cum laude from the Cornell Law School. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

Money in Politics Study Kit

Presentation on Money in Politics

Links to Learn More

Links - A direct link to the Massachusetts League of Women Voters Money in Politics page. - A direct link to the League of Women Voters campaign finance toolkit.

The following links are provided to encourage exploration of the issue of money in elections. Links below may express views different from the positions of the League of Women Voters. - A grassroots project of United Republic (, created to curb the undue influence of corporate lobbyists over the US political process, Rootstrikers began as a project of Fix Congress First. - The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. - Free Speech for People is a national, nonpartisan campaign working to restore democracy to the people and to return corporations to their place as economic rather than political entities. - "On Point," hosted by Tom Ashbrook is a production of 90.9 WBUR Boston for National Public Radio, featuring a range of topics including campaign spending. - The Campaign Legal Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which works in the areas of campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics. - Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. - Democracy 21, and its education arm, Democracy 21 Education Fund, work to eliminate the undue influence of big money in American politics and to ensure the integrity and fairness of government decisions and elections. - The website for the National Conference of State Legislatures provides links on campaign finance reform. - This website provides information on campaign finance and lobbying resources.