La Verne Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Charles Doskow to participate in high-profile forum addressing recent changes in federal campaign finance law.
ONTARIO, Calif. – University of La Verne College of Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Charles Doskow will join other experts in a Sept. 30 forum addressing the influence of corporations on American politics.
The forum, Corporations in the American Electoral Process: The Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court Decision, is sponsored by The American Institute for Progressive Democracy, Claremont Graduate University and Common Cause. The panel includes U.C. Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Common Cause President Bob Edgar. Doskow, a professor of constitutional law, will act as the discussant for the panel.
What: Corporations in the American Electoral Process
When: 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30
Where: Albrecht Auditorium, CGU, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont
Cost: Admission is free.
The panel will discuss the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission U.S. Supreme Court Decision of 2010, in which bitterly divided Justices ruled 5-4 that the government may not limit corporations, unions and other groups from spending as much as they like on independent messages to support or attack political candidates.
Supporters of the ruling said the decision was vindication of the First Amendment protection of political speech. Opponents criticized the Court for giving corporations the same rights as individuals and claimed that unrestricted corporate money would corrupt the democratic process.
“This is a free speech decision, but a hot-button issue among people concerned about the integrity of elections,” Doskow said.