Symposia: Money and Politics – Unholy Alliance or Free Speech? The Aftermath of Citizens United

Money and Politics – Unholy Alliance or Free Speech? The Aftermath of Citizens United

WHEN: April 25, 2013 7:00 pm

WHERE: Johnson & Wales University Yena Center Admissions Presentation Room 111 Dorrance Street Providence, RI

SPONSORS: ~Federal Bench/Bar Committee of the RI Bar Association ~The United States District Court for the District of RI ~Johnson & Wales University

Parking: Provided by Johnson & Wales University at its Pine Street parking lot, adjacent to Gaebe Commons. This flyer must be presented to the parking attendant.

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United dramatically transformed the landscape of campaign finance and has sparked an impassioned national debate over money and elections. A rising tide of campaign spending, the emergence of Super PACs, the growth of undisclosed funding… Some observers view these developments as affirming the American tradition of rough and tumble speech and the free market of ideas. Others see looming corruption and a threat to the integrity of our political process.

Join us for an examination of the critical issues that have emerged from the sweeping changes wrought by Citizens United . How has Citizens United changed campaigns and campaign financing? What effects has it had on the political process? And what does it mean for future elections?


ANTHONY CORRADO is Professor of Government at Colby College, where he teaches American politics and political theory. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts on political finance, Dr. Corrado is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Campaign Finance Institute. He has authored or coauthored a number of books on campaign finance and elections.

PAUL S. RYAN is Senior Counsel at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ryan has testified as an expert on election law before Congress and regularly represents the Campaign Legal Center before the Federal Election Commission and before state and municipal bodies around the nation. He has appeared as a campaign finance law expert on national news programs, and is quoted regularly by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications.


MATTHEW T. OLIVERIO , a founding partner of Oliverio & Marcaccio LLP in Providence, concentrates in complex, civil and comm ercial litigation in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He is regularly engaged by members of the bar to serve as an arbitrator.

STEVEN M. RICHARD practices comm ercial and civil litigation in the Providence office of Nixon Peabody LLP. Mr. Richard handles trial and appellate work in federal and state courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. He Co-Chairs the District Court’s Local Rules Review Committee and the Planning Committee for the Court’s 2013 District Conference.


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