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Apocalypse Now or Much Ado About Nothing? An Election Post-Mortem on the Effects of Citizens United

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


In Citizens United, the Supreme Court held that corporations and unions have a First Amendment right to spend funds on political advertising in elections, and it struck down restrictions limiting such spending.  That decision prompted a firestorm of controversy, sparking efforts to pass a "People's Rights Amendment," amending the Constitution to clarify that corporations are not people, and do not have First Amendment rights. 

Almost three years have passed since Citizens United was decided, and we now look back to assess its reach and impact.  Viewed in the context of the recent election cycle, what has been the real impact of Citizens United on the election process?   Has it had the overtly negative consequences predicted by so many, or has its effect been more muted?  Is a Constitutional amendment really necessary to address the perceived deficiencies of Citizens United, or are there other less drastic remedies, like requiring full disclosure of all monetary donors?  Finally, how has Citizens United affected corporate governance and the way that corporations spend on political advertising?   

 The answers to these and other questions will be explored by a distinguished panel of guests with extensive knowledge and experience concerning Citizens United and its implications. Please join us for what is sure to be an interesting and informative event. 


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Jennifer Jones


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