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Tuesday in Durham: Politics in the era of unlimited corporate spending

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Isn't it amazing that the the U.S. Supreme Court decision equating free speech with corporate money, the one that allows corporations to spend unlimited sums on candidates and causes they like  (or, more often, dislike), came in a case known as "Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission."

That's "Citizens" as in "Corporations Hiding Behind a Made-Up Name that Makes Us Look Like We're Just Folks."

The ramifications of this, and what we in North Carolina should do about it, will be discussed at a forum, "The Future of Campaign Financing in North Carolina," on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Beyu Caffe in Durham.

From the Facebook listing:

Panelists:

Damon Circosta, Executive Director of N.C. Center for Voter Education.

Chase Foster, Director of NC Voters for Clean Elections

Representative Henry M. Michaux, Jr., North Carolina House of Representatives – District 31

Moderated by: Laura Leslie, WUNC’s Capitol Bureau Chief

Beyu Caffé is located at 335 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27701

In the January 21st 5-4 ruling of United v. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned restrictions against corporate spending in American elections. Corporations are no longer viewed separately from individuals and are not limited to spending through Political Action Committees. They can now directly support or not support their choice of candidates.

So what does this mean for North Carolina, cities and counties in the Triangle, and you? Will we see corporations spending more on candidates or is public financing of campaigns in our future?

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