“Funding Campaigns: The Best Free Speech Money Can Buy”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE”, takes an in-depth look at the impact on our elections and democracy coming on the heels of the landmark and controversial decision in Citizens United v. FEC. This forum, the fifth of the 18th season and first for 2013, will be held Thursday, January 17th, from 7:00PM-8:30PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Joining Representative Kaufman will be Jeff Clements, the president and co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign to challenge the creation of Constitutional rights for corporations, overturn Citizens United v. FEC, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He is the author of the Corporations Are Not People. Mr. Clements, an attorney, has represented people, businesses and the public interest since 1988. Also joining the discussion is Wendy Kaminer, a lawyer, social critic, and contributing editor of The Atlantic since 1991. A renowned contrarian, Ms. Kaminer was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993, and now writes for theatlantic.com. She has tackled the issues of censorship and pornography, feminism, pop psychology, gender roles and identities, crime and the criminal-justice system, and gun control.

What did the Citizens United decision do to the political process at the federal, state, and local level? Exactly what is the impact of this ruling on our campaign finance regulations? Did the decision change the power the individual has in deciding viable candidates in political campaigns?

Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum Thursday, January 17th, from 7PM-8:30PM.

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy, as the nation’s best government relations series. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.