Several MU professors will be part of a panel in a discussion Wednesday about the effects of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that prevents the government from limiting campaign spending by corporations, nonprofits and advocacy groups.
The event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Columbia- Boone County, is called "If you Prick Them, Do They Bleed? Corporations as Persons." It will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the commission chambers of the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut St. Refreshments will precede the event at 6:30 p.m.
According to the majority opinion in the high court's 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, money is a form of protected speech.
According to the Missourian report about the event released Monday, some people think the decision, which weakens the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act — known as the McCain-Feingold Bill — passed in 2002 and sponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Russ Feingold, D-Wis., will change elections and the campaign process.
“The Supreme Court’s decision overturned years of precedents," said Linda Kaiser, president of the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County. "Huge amounts of money can now alter the process of elections, and we are concerned that it will have a negative impact on democracy.”
Will you attend the Wednesday forum on campaign spending?