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First Amendment Lecture - Missoula, MT

  • Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula Missoula, MT 59802 United States (map)

Do campaign finance reforms threaten free speech?

It is perhaps the biggest myth in American politics: that the private sector is “buying” elections through campaign spending.  A version of this myth goes further and contends that capitalist billionaires are using political ads to move American government toward more free-market policies.

One can find dozens of books (and hundreds of politicians) making these claims.  A powerful movement to repeal parts of the First Amendment has arisen around this mythology.

In this one-hour lecture, Dr. Roots J.D., Ph.D., shatters these myths with raw data and Powerpoint slides.
•    Have American industries become deregulated?   What do the data show?
•    Have the super-rich shifted the tax burden away from themselves onto the middle class and the poor?  What do IRS records show?
•    Did the Citizens United decision in 2010 lead to an explosion of campaign spending by business corporations?  What are the facts?
•    Do people really change their votes in response to campaign ads?  What do studies find?

Questions will be taken afterward.  Everyone is welcome.