‘Corporations Are Not People’ author to speak in Rockford Oct. 30

Staff Report

Jeff Clements, author of Corporations Are Not People, will speak in the Community Room at Rockford Public Library’s East Branch, 6685 E. State St., from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30.

Clements included the work of the Rockford Represent.Us group in the new edition of his book. During his presentation, he will share what he has learned in writing about the corruption-fighting efforts of people across the country.

Clements is co-founder and chairman of the board of Free Speech for People, a national non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, challenge excessive corporate power, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He co-founded Free Speech For People in 2010, after representing several public-interest organizations with a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Citizens United case.

Clements has served as assistant attorney general and chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. As bureau chief, he led more than 100 staff in the enforcement of environmental, health care, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection laws. In private practice, Clements has been a partner at Mintz Levin in Boston, and in his own firm.

In 2012, Clements co-founded Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides cost-effective capital to farmers and businesses engaged in local, sustainable agriculture. Clements graduated with distinction in history and government from Colby College and magna cum laude from Cornell Law School. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

The Oct. 30 event is hosted by Represent.Us Rockford. For more information, email RepUs-Rockford@gmx.com.

From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue

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