April 10, 2013
Common Cause President Bob Edgar in Madison this Friday and Saturday
To Fight Back Against Misguided 2010 U.S. Supreme Court Decision
National Common Cause President Bob Edgar will be in Wisconsin this Friday and Saturday and will keynote a one-day event/conference on Saturday in Fitchburg entitled "All About Citizens United."
Edgar, Common Cause in Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck, Center for Media and Democracy Executive Director Lisa Graves, Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca and others will speak at the conference about the ramifications of the January, 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Citizens United vs. F.E.C. and what citizens can do to fight back.
Citizens United -- one of the worst decisions ever issued by the nation's highest court -- was narrowly decided by a bitterly-divided, razor-thin 5 to 4 margin. Reversing over a hundred years of settled law and three previous U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United opened the floodgates of corporate and labor union general treasuries and allowed outside special interest groups and billionaires to spend unlimited money to influence the outcome of federal and state elections.
As a result of this decision, campaign spending in the 2012 elections increased dramatically at the federal and state levels. American elections and public policy-making is awash in special interest campaign cash like never before.
Edgar has been the President of national Common Cause since 2007, was a former U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1987, and a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1986. He will also speak for an hour on Friday, April 12th at 3:00 PM on the statewide Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network (AM 970 in Madison) about Citizens United. You can tune in and ask him questions on the program.
For more information, contact Jay Heck at 608/256-2686
Jay Heck, Executive Director
Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703