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.