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Fair Elections Now Act and Citizens United

The Future of Participatory Democracy

December 4, 2009, 8:45am ET - 9:30am ET

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About This Event

Citizens are very concerned about the role of campaign contributions from interested industries in shaping the debates on health care and climate control. And members of Congress describe fundraising as the least favorite part of their jobs. So will the Supreme Court's pending decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission be the spark that gets Congress to adopt sweeping legislation for public financing of elections? The Citizens United case could allow unlimited corporate spending in elections, forcing elected officials to spend more time raising money than they do today.

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Common Cause, and Public Campaign for a discussion with Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) as they discuss why they sponsored the Fair Elections Now Act, and what they see as the road ahead in wake of the Citizens United decision.

Featured speakers:

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Representative John Larson (D-Conn.)

Moderated by:

Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress Action Fund

For a full transcript click here.

Breakfast will be served at 8:15 a.m.

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Washington, DC20005

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