Thursday, July 30, 2015
TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
PRICE: $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon
Five years ago, the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that corporate political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not prevent corporations or unions from spending unlimited amounts of money to elect or defeat candidates. The ruling unleashed a tidal wave of secret special-interest spending in our campaigns, with troubling implications for American democracy. Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin—a visionary progressive, constitutional law expert, bestselling author, and professor of law at American University Washington College of Law—will explore the impact of the decision and discuss ways for advocates and ordinary citizens to fight back against the Koch Brothers and the big-money takeover of democratic elections in 2016.