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April 29, 2014 > Dark money in politics

Dark money in politics

Submitted By Suzanne Barba

Are you frustrated with the role of big money in politics? Do you believe democracy belongs to all people not just rich people or corporations defined as people?

Join the League of Women Voters of Eden Area and the Associated Students, Inc. at Cal State University East Bay on Monday, May 12 for a forum on ÒDark Money in Politics.Ó

The keynote speaker is the newly appointed Vice Chair of the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Ann Ravel. She was formerly Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). A representative from CaliforniaÕs Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will also speak.

A unique feature of this forum includes a presentation, via remote means, by the founders of Ben and JerryÕs Ice CreamÑBen Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Their stand on ÒDark Money in PoliticsÓ can be found on - a grassroots movement that stamps money out of politics, one stamp at a time on your dollar bills. ÒAre you ready to restore democracy to people?Ó is Ben and JerryÕs callout to the public.

The jobs of the FEC and the FPPC have been made more difficult by recent Supreme CourtÕs decisions on Citizens United and the McCutcheon case. One declared that corporations are ÒpeopleÓ and can set up and secretly fund Political Action Committees (PACs) to support or oppose candidates and issues. The McCutcheon case struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

Elizabeth MacNamara, president of the U.S. League of Women Voters said, ÒIn the end, the only reliable response to a flood of money in our elections is a flood of voters at the polls, each voter armed with the kind of reliable, unbiased information that the League provides.Ó

The forum is free, but the League requests rsvps and/or questions to to ensure space and refreshments are available.

Dark Money in Politics
Monday, May 12
6 p.m. Ð 8 p.m.
CSU East Bay
Student Union Bldg, Multi-purpose Room
25976 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward
RSVPs requested

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