February 16, 2010, 12:00 - 2:00 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
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Nonprofits Divided over Citizens United?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
This event was broadcast on C-SPAN; the video can be viewed in the C-SPAN archives by clicking here.
When the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission on January 21, President Barack Obama warned that it gave a “green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics. It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voice of everyday Americans.” Other observors claimed that the decision simply opened the door for greater participation by a wider variety of parties in the exercise of their First Amendment rights.
However clear its implications for business corporations and unions, though, a more difficult question is, what bearing does Citizens United have on nonprofits? While 501(c)(4) organizations (of which Citizens United is one) clearly benefit from the enlargement of permitted electoral activities, is it likely that similar latitude will soon follow for 501(c)(3) nonprofits? Should nonprofits push back against the enlargement of corporate prerogatives, push forward for the expansion of their own prerogatives, or some combination of these activities?
Edgar, Ottinger, Levine, Schambra,
Hayward, and Mitchell
On Tuesday, February 16, Hudson Institute's Bradley Center, along with the Alliance for Justice (AFJ), the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI), and OMB Watch, brought together a panel of experts to discuss these and other questions. Panelists included ALLISON HAYWARD of the George Mason University School of Law, the Alliance for Justice's ABBY LEVINE, CLETA MITCHELL of Foley & Lardner, and CLPI's LARRY OTTINGER. Additional commentary was provided by BOB EDGAR of Common Cause. The Bradley Center's WILLIAM SCHAMBRA moderated the discussion.
Program and Panel
ALLISON HAYWARD, George Mason University
with additional commentary by
BOB EDGAR, Common Cause
Transcript and Further Information
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