Federalist Society and ACS Debate: Does Citizens United Undermine Democracy
Join the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society to discuss whether the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission undermines democracy. Speakers Professor Bradley Smith and John Bonifaz will debate the topic of whether unrestricted campaign contributions are an exercise of free speech necessary to preserve democracy or a distortion of the political process that damages democracy.
Bradley Smith holds the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law position at CapitalUniversity Law School. A 2010 recipient of the Bradley Prize, he is one of the nation’s leading authorities on election law and campaign finance. In 2000, he was nominated by President Clinton to fill a Republican-designated seat on the Federal Election Commission, where he served for five years, including serving as Chairman of the Commission in 2004.
John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free Speech For People. Mr. Bonifaz has served as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national voting rights and election integrity organization in the United States. Prior to joining Voter Action, Mr. Bonifaz worked for more than 12 years (as the executive director and then general counsel) with the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI).
Monday, October 29, 12:00, Room 275. Free Potbelly Sandwiches.