Follow the Money

Questions for the second of the two national studies on this topic invite us to consider when and how political speech might be limited, if at all.

Information and consensus meetings for this national LWV study are planned for November 10 and November 18, respectively. The public is welcome as participants on November 10, and as observers on November 18.

One part of the three-part study on “Key Structures of Democracy” adopted by LWVUS in 2014 is designed to provide the League with principles on which to base a decision to approve or oppose amending the Constitution. Materials for this component are now available and LWVA is forming a study committee.

Follow the Money Interest Group

Follow The Money (FT$) was formed in 2011 by Amherst League members concerned about the impact of the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v the Federal Election Commission on our democratic processes.

We had questions. How would the Court decision change the political landscape in this country? How should the League respond? In particular, should the League support any of the numerous proposals for Constitutional Amendments, floating around? How many proposed amendments were there, anyway, and how did they differ? DOES MONEY REALLY EQUAL SPEECH?

Months—years, in fact—of work by members of the League in Amherst and across the state of Massachusetts have resulted in some polished products that you can use to educate yourself and others. All of these can be found at the LWVMA web site.

Prepared by the LWVUS staff in response to the request from the 2012 national Convention. This document reviews the amendments that had been offered to the 112th Congress (2011-2012.)

There is much we do not understand. Educating our membership (including ourselves), and spreading the word to the grassroots are necessary first steps to whatever direction our advocacy efforts will take. The MA Leagues of Concord/Carlisle and Sudbury recently developed an educational presentation and suggested that we preview it in Amherst.

In October 2012, the LWVA’s Follow the Money (FT$) Interest Group, presented its version of the program, ‘Democracy in the Balance: Money, Speech and Power’ to the Amherst League.

The resolution on Campaign Finance submitted by the Amherst League, in collaboration with Leagues in Concord-Carlisle, Sudbury and LWVMA, passed with great enthusiasm – almost unanimously - by the delegate body at the LWVUS National Convention, Washington, D.C.  June 11, 2012.

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