Tuesday April 29, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is a US constitutional law case, in which the United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions. It has been four years after the Supreme Court ruled in this landmark case, which still is controversial today.
In an effort to educate, inform and encourage public discussion on the ramifications of this landmark decision, local nonprofits A2Ethics and the Interfaith Partnership for Political Action, have planned this session featuring nationally-known authors Robert A.G. Monks and Jeffrey Clements, who will discuss the history and impact of the Supreme Court’s decision.
Robert A.G. Monks, author of nine books, most recently, Citizens DisUnited and Trusting Harvard, is a world-renowned expert on shareholder rights and responsibility, corporate governance, government capture, investor stewardship and corporate societal impact. He served in the Reagan administration and has held several government positions, among them chief administrator in the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs in the Department of Labor. Mr. Monks has also been a force in the business and legal worlds, founding three companies recognized as leaders or pioneers in their fields: GMI Ratings, Institutional Shareholder Services and Lens Governance Advisors.
Jeffrey Clements, an attorney and author of Corporations Are Not People:Why They Have More Rghts Than You Do And What You Can Do About It is a nationally respected leader in the movement to challenge the broad and expansive Constitutional rights increasingly accorded by our nation’s courts to corporations. As president and co-founder of Free Speech for People, Mr. Clements serves as a preeminent spokesperson for a growing network of citizens committed to ensuring that legal practices and interpretation of laws are in harmony with the best interests of the public—rather than favoring corporations and other special interest groups. Before founding his own firm, he was a partner in the Boston firm of Mintz Levin. In 1996, he joined the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he worked on litigation against the tobacco industry. From 2007 to 2009, as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, he directed the 100+ staff of attorneys charged with the enforcement of environmental, financial services, civil rights and consumer protection laws in the Commonwealth.
The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale. .