The LWV of Grafton will participate in LWVUS study about Campaign Finance Reform. Since the decision of the Supreme Court allowing corporations to be allowed the same rights as persons under the constitution’s First Amendment, we have seen the amount of money spent on political campaigns sky rocket. The LWVUS already has a broad position (see below) on Campaign Finance, but in light of the recent ability of big corporations to spend unlimited amounts to influence the outcome of elections, this position needed to be updated.
More information is available on the LWVMA website and the LWVUS website. Please contact one of the Grafton board members for more information and please come to our Consensus meeting in January 2016.
SCOPE OF THE MIP REVIEW AND UPDATE
The scope of the study, as adopted by the LWV Education Fund Board, October 2014, states:
The Committee will conduct an update of the League’s position on campaign finance for the purpose of addressing the lack of member understanding and agreement on the extent to which political campaigns are protected speech under the First Amendment. The campaign finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider:
- The rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities; and
- How those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position.
CURRENT LEAGUE POSTION ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE
Statement of Position on Campaign Finance, as Announced by National Board, January 1974 and Revised March 1982:
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the methods of financing political campaigns should ensure the public’s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process. This position is applicable to all federal campaigns for public office — presidential and congressional, primaries as well as general elections. It also may be applied to state and local campaigns.