Prominent Opponent of “Citizens United” Coming to Speak on Bainbridge

August 13, 2015
Sarah Lane

David Cobb is a co-founder of Move to Amend, a leading organization on the front against the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling. Cobb is coming to Bainbridge Monday, August 17, to raise support for Washington Initiative 735, which seeks to make Washington the 17th state to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.

The full name for the ruling is Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United is a conservative nonprofit that was a plaintiff in a challenge to statutory provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, more commonly known as the “McCain-Feingold” law. The Court ruled on January 21, 2010, to overturn the provision of McCain-Feingold that barred corporations and unions from paying for political ads made independently of candidate campaigns.

Justices Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor dissented.

Cobb, a former Green Party presidential nominee, will be in Washington from the 12th to the 19th and speaking in cities across the state. His presentation at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way West, starts at 7:30 p.m. Also appearing at the event will be Gabe Meyer, the campaign director of WAMend (Washington Coalition to Amend the Constitution), and Fran Korten, the publisher of Yes! Magazine. There is no fee to attend.

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