March 2018 Enews

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH...MONEY ON MY MIND...QUOTE AND IDEA OF THE MONTH...DM NATIONAL STUDENT SUMMIT...FACTS YOU CAN USE... CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT Democracy Matters at Colgate University celebrated their 17th consecutive year! They host regular lunchtime “Brown Bag” discussions with faculty members and they co-sponsored a “Political Trivia Night” with college Republicans and Democrats. Last month, the club recruited lots of new members by holding a DM Open House in their Student Center with John Oliver clips playing on a big screen. Different tables featured DM activities, including voter registration and a “Stamp Stampede” where students could stamp their dollars with “Get Money Out of Politics.” Among other plans this spring are a lobby day and a fundraising campaign. DMers will sell stickers illustrating the link between big campaign money and gun violence, and then ... Continue Reading

Defending Both Political Equality and Free Speech

The 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. the FEC, and the closely related Appeals Court’s SpeechNow v. the FEC ruling have together transformed the structure of American politics. In combination, these decisions have permitted unlimited political spending, expenditures that are “independent” and “outside” of candidates’ campaigns. The only proviso is that these activities, often engaged in by what are called SuperPACS, may not explicitly coordinate with a candidate’s official campaign, a proviso that in practice is almost entirely disregarded. When these decisions were handed down, the anticipation was that a deluge of additional money would flood the political system. That has not occurred. Instead, the flow of political money has been redirected, away from official campaigns and into independent spending. The table below shows what has happened. Between the non-presidential years 2010 and 2014, outside expenditures increased by 66.7 percent. And they rose by 30.0 percent between the presidential years 2012 ... Continue Reading