The founders of our Nation chose to protect speech and the press in their first amendment to the newly-formed Constitution. They had learned through experience that a government that can control what you say, can control you. They knew that one of the most important weapons against tyranny would be strong protection for speech and a free press.
I’ve spent my entire career working to protect these critical elements of a strong, healthy democracy. They are under attack now more than ever before, as politicians threaten to suppress the dissent of anyone who challenges them or exposes their secrets, even inspiring violence against journalists. This country needs representatives committed to protecting the First Amendment. I will make this a priority, as I have throughout my career.
My experience as a First Amendment lawyer also will be critical in campaign finance reform. In Citizens United, the Supreme Court invoked the First Amendment to cripple campaign finance laws. We need representatives determined to get the destructive force of dark money out of politics. They represent us, not big money donors.
I’m committed to fighting for transparency and accountability in politics, and I will work tirelessly to represent the people of California’s 4th District.