First Amendment Lecture - Kalispell - Evergreen, MT

  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Conference Room 1390 U.S. Highway 2 East Evergreen, MT, 59901 United States

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. 


Check out Video of the Event from Our YouTube Channel: