Over the last several decades and with the advent of Citizens United and “Super-PACs,” our elections have become dependent upon increasingly large private donations from corporations, unions and individuals. The nature of campaign finance directly influences the character of the American republic. Some fear that this money has redefined the character of our government, while others see it as an extension of our rights as citizens.
In light of these concerns, the Amherst Political Union and the Amherst Economic Forum are hosting a discussion panel on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, featuring experts including Lawrence Lessig (Harvard Law School), John Samples (Cato Institute), Ilya Somin (George Mason Law School) and John Médaille (University of Dallas). The speakers will be taking questions from both the audience and the moderator of the panel, Nick Bruce of the Amherst Economic Forum. This event is free and open to the public.