Paul Spencer, the Little Rock teacher whose leadership of the Regnat Populus government ethics drive planted the seed for the ethics reforms approved by voters last week in Issue 3, has posted a long letter on Facebook recounting the effort, thanking those who helped, noting the obstacle presented by legislative obfuscation on term limits and also announcing further plans.
The group has joined with others, including Arkansas Community Organization and the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance, to create the Arkansas Democracy Coalition to work to undo the “corporate personhood” theory embodied in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and the “damage to our electoral system this mistaken idea has wrought.” Elected representatives are now more beholden to the “donor class” than people, Spencer says.
The group is sponsoring an appearance in Little Rock next week by Jeff Clements, co-founder of Free Speech for People, a non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United. He’ll speak at the Clinton School at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. More details here.