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
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.