On Thursday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m., at Santa Fe’s Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will lead a round table discussion titled, “Returning Democracy to We the People: A Discussion About Money in Politics,” with Viki Harrison, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico, and Bruce Berlin of Santa Fe, author of “Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America.” League of Women Voters New Mexico President Meredith Machen will moderate the discussion about the urgent need to reform our nation’s campaign finance system, including a complete overhaul of our broken campaign finance watchdog, the Federal Election Commission (FEC). This event is free and open to the public.
So far, super PACs have spent over $1 billion in dark money to influence this election, and groups have reserved or purchased over $500 million in television ads to air in just the final month. Such spending was unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and subsequent decisions. Udall, Harrison and Berlin will discuss how big money donors have been able to grow in influence in our elections, why that matters in this election – and in future ones – and how we can take action to return our elections to “we the people.”