February 3, 2015 – 7 PM, GVSU DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

401 Fulton St. West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Left to right: Gleaves Whitney, Ian Millhiser, Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman, Hans von Spakovsky, and Joe Hogan

 

The Event

Does unlimited political spending help or hinder democracy? The landmark Supreme Court Case, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, in which the United States Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional any government restrictions on political spending by nonprofit corporations, has deeply divided the nation. Some argue that the decision protects the First Amendment: anyone, including corporations, should be allowed to exercise their free speech rights through political spending. Others argue that the very spirit of the First Amendment—free speech for all, regardless of class and income—is undermined when corporations can spend exponentially more on political speech than the average citizen. On February 3rd, two legal experts—Ian Millhiser from the Center for American Progress and Hans von Spakovsky from the Heritage Foundation—debated Citizens United and its implications on the role of money in politics and the nature of free speech in America. Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman served as moderator for this debate.

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February 3, 2015 – 7 PM, GVSU DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

401 Fulton St. West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Ian Millhiser from the Center for American Progress and Hans von Spakovsky from the Heritage Foundation.

Does unlimited political spending help or hinder democracy? The landmark Supreme Court Case, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, in which the United States Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional any government restrictions on political spending by nonprofit corporations, has deeply divided the nation. Some argue that the decision protects the First Amendment: anyone, including corporations, should be allowed to exercise their free speech rights through political spending. Others argue that the very spirit of the First Amendment—free speech for all, regardless of class and income—is undermined when corporations can spend exponentially more on political speech than the average citizen. Join us as two legal experts—Ian Millhiser from the Center for American Progress and Hans von Spakovsky from the Heritage Foundation—debate Citizens United and its implications on the role of money in politics and the nature of free speech in America. Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman will serve as moderator for this debate.

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