2nd Saturday Program—Money in Politics and its Effects on Democracy
LWV California Government Director, Lee Lawrence, will address such topics as voter-suppression, the California DISCLOSE Act (“Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections,” which passed), the California Petition Disclose Act (SB 651), the Federal Disclose Act (S 229), spending limits in local elections (California AB 1089), and efforts to provide publicfinancing of elections.
Jerry Silverman, of represent.us, will talk about the proposed Anti-Corruption Act. It focuses on other ways Big Money corrupts democracy, such as lobbyists, "revolving door," politicians fundraising during working hours, superPACS, gerrymandering, and the Electoral College, as well as proposed solutions such as rank voting, public funding of elections, and immediate online disclosure of political money.
Charly Price, of Move to Amend, will address the Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010 declaring money speech and corporations persons with civil rights, as well as its precedents, its effects on our elections, and efforts to overturn it.