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First Amendment Lecture: Free Speech and Campaign Finance Reform, Sept. 12 in Missoula, Montana

FIRST AMENDMENT LECTURE: Every Claim of Campaign Finance Reformers is Untrue

Roger Roots, J.D., Ph.D.

Roger Roots, J.D., Ph.D.

It is perhaps the biggest myth in American politics: that the private sector is “buying” elections through campaign spending. A version of this myth goes further and contends that capitalist billionaires are using political ads to move American government toward more free-market policies.

One can find dozens of books (and hundreds of politicians) making these claims. A powerful movement to repeal parts of the First Amendment has arisen around this mythology.

In this one-hour lecture, Dr. Roots shatters these myths with raw data and Powerpoint slides.

* Have American industries become deregulated? What do the data show?

* Have the super-rich shifted the tax burden away from themselves onto the middle class and the poor? What do IRS records show?

* Did the Citizens United decision in 2010 lead to an explosion of campaign spending by business corporations? What are the facts?

* Do people really change their votes in response to campaign ads? What do studies find?

Questions will be taken afterward. Everyone is welcome.


Missoula Public Library

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, 6:30 PM

A 25 question exam will be offered