Author to speak on Citizens United case that changed election spending

February 17, 2012

The author of a new book on the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission will speak at Seattle University at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, in Piggott Auditorium.

Jeffrey D. Clements is the author of "Corporations Are Not People," which explores the landmark 5-4 decision in which the justices held that the First Amendment prohibits government from placing limits on independent spending for political purposes by corporations and unions. The decision has led to record-breaking campaign spending this election year and the creation of Super PACs with unlimited spending. KCTS 9 Connects host, Enrique Cerna, will serve as moderator. The School of Law's Adolf A. Berle Center on Corporations, Law and Society sponsored his visit to campus. Visiting Professor Faith Stevelman, associate director of the Berle Center, will provide an introduction.

Clements is an attorney and co-founder and general counsel for Free Speech for People. He served as assistant attorney general and chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office from early 2007 to 2009. He also has represented and advocated for people, businesses and the public interest since 1988.

The event is co-sponsored by Free Speech For People, The Glaser Progress Foundation, YES! Magazine, Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Public Campaigns.

The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is requested.