Derek Cressman has fought for more than 20 years to remove big money from politics, among other things seeking reversal of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. That U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2010 sharply eased limits on political and campaign spending by corporations and labor unions, deeming the restrictions as abridgments of free speech.
But Cressman argues that there’s nothing inherently unconstitutional about limiting speech, that we’ve historically enhanced political free speech by regulating it – be it time limits for public input at city council meetings or for debate in Congress. The author lays out his concerns and proposed remedies in a discussion of his book When Money Talks: The High Price of “Free” Speech and the Selling of Democracy.
Co-sponsored by American Promise – Kansas City Region.