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Five Years After Citizens United: What Are The Costs For Democracy?

Jan. 7, 2015

Five Years After Citizens United: What Are The Costs For Democracy?

WHAT: Eight public interest organizations will jointly release each group’s independent research on the role of money in the 2014 midterm elections, with particular emphasis on the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Presentations will be made about:

  • Large-donor dominance of candidate fundraising in competitive elections;
  • Outside spending in U.S. Senate races;
  • Single-candidate and party-aligned outside groups;
  • The latest threat to laws preventing coordination between candidates and outside groups;
  • How money in politics is blocking progress on key issues important to the American people;
  • How candidates and communities of color are hurt by the current flood of money into the political system;
  • The role of money in state judicial campaigns;
  • Publicly funded elections: success stories from the states; and
  • How a small-donor matching program can make a difference in congressional campaigns.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.-noon Wed., Jan. 14 (breakfast and registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; the program starts at 10 a.m.)

WHO: Representatives from the Brennan Center for Justice, Center for Media and Democracy, Common Cause, Demos, Justice at Stake, Public Campaign, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG

WHERE: New York University’s Abramson Family Auditorium
1307 L St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Seating is limited, please make sure to RSVP.