Freedom of Speech Quotes

Seven years ago, five justices overturned two centuries of jurisprudence to determine that private business corporations enjoy the political free speech rights of the people. Today after hundreds of millions of dollars in dark money have been spent by CEOs in the name of their unwitting shareholders and billionaires act as our new political bosses and cabinet secretaries, we can see what plutocracy looks like
Jamie Raskin

Free speech isn’t free if only the wealthy can afford it
Ted Deutch

Now that the Court has declared money to be speech, I say we replace the current Court with some Ben Franklins, Thomas Jeffersons, George Washingtons, a couple of Susan B. Anthony’s, Roosevelts, Hamiltons, a Sacajawea or two, and an Abe Lincoln to cover Scalia in full
Elayne Boosler

We have a right — everyone has a right — to speech in this country. And as we all know, any kind of speech costs money in this country
Carly Fiorina

If money is speech, then speech is no longer free — it’s expensive. It’s high time we overturn Citizens United
Derek Cressman

Money is not free speech. Elections should not be auctions. In a democracy, we should have the right to elect people based on their ideas
Bernie Sanders

Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech
Move to Amend


We are here to fight back against a supreme court that says, ‘there is no difference between free speech and billions of dollars spent by the privileged few to swing elections and buy off legislators’. We are here to fight back against a supreme court that has overturned a century of established law in an effort to block congress from solving this problem
Elizabeth Warren

Call Me Crazy, but I don’t think when the founders envisioned free speech, they meant ‘let corporations spend millions of dollars to buy elections in America’ This is not how our elections should run
Al Franken

We have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation
Martin Luther King, Jr.

America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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