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NEFAC / Suffolk Law Panel Looks at How “Citizens United” Affected the 2012 Presidential Election

BOSTON – How did the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2010 decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission play out during the 2012 presidential election?

The ruling that cleared the way for corporate and union contributions to political campaigns changed the financial landscape in ways to be explored during a March 4 panel discussion organized by the Suffolk University Law School‘s chapter of the New England First Amendment Coalition.

The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. in the school’s first floor function room and will be moderated by Prof. Michael Avery, co-author of The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from the Liberals.

The panelists include:

Jeffrey Clements - Author of Corporations Are Not People, and president of Free Speech for People, a non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United.

Gregory V. Sullivan - A NEFAC board member and adjunct professor at Suffolk, he’s president of the Hingham-based media law firm Malloy & Sullivan.

Pam Wilmot – Executive Director of Common Cause of Massachusetts, she’s as been an advocate for government reform and consumer and environmental issues for over 20 years.

Scott Van Voorhis – A Boston-based financial and investigative reporter and a blogger on financial issues. He was one of three authors of the investigation Power Players: Massachusetts corporate titans bankroll key races as restraints vanish on political spending.

The discussion, presented as part of NEFAC’s observation of Sunshine Week, will be followed by a Q&A session and a reception.