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Film: Dark Money and Suppressing the Vote
Friday, 28 September 2012 at 18:30 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Film screening and discussion of Dark Money and Suppressing the Vote
Come to the screening of Bill Moyer's Dark Money and Suppressing the Vote to find out more about these two key issues in the 2012 campaign and to learn how the Democratic Party is addressing them.
After the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in January 2010 paved the way for unlimited corporate and union spending on federal elections, many feared the influence of the super PACs. In interviews with author Thomas Frank and Mother Jones activists and researchers, Moyers puts the spotlight on the role of "dark money" in general and the super PACs in particular. In the discussion after the screening, we will also address the role of "non-profit c4s", which are bigger spenders than the super PACs, pouring almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the Presidential race so far, more than all super PACs put together. Unlike super PACs, these c4s don't have to disclose their donors.
Suppressing the Vote
Suppressing the Vote addresses another central issue: the proliferation of GOP-sponsored Voter ID laws. Ostensibly designed to address a problem of voter fraud (for which there is no evidence), these laws are clearly intended to have the effect of denying the vote to swathes of Democratic supporters including poor people, African-Americans, Hispanics, young people and urbanites. These efforts to disenfranchise American voters – on a scale not seen since the era of the poll tax, grandfather clauses and literacy tests – are being challenged in the courts.
6:30pm: Doors open
7:05pm: Dark Money (50 minutes)
8:00pm: Suppressing the Vote (20 minutes)
8:20pm: Open discussion led by a DAUK Member (40 minutes)
Please join us afterwards at the Old Bank of England Pub, 194 Fleet Street
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