Is Money = Free Speech? Two LWVUS Studies Come to BAE; Join Team

Is money free speech?Is money=free speech? Can a constitution amendment address this issue and, if so, how? Do you want to understand these questions and find possible answers?  Please join the study committee forming to look at the issues starting this September.

You can do so by contacting

This  will be the first planning meeting for the local LWV Oakland study committee was Aug 1.  It was a working meeting focused on defining steps and dividing up tasks.    Katherine Gavzy at is organizing the Oakland League study which will probably become a joint league study.  Or  send a message to to attend a future organizing meeting in Berkeley.

Materials for the studies will be provided by the national League with their  Meetings in a Box: Education Resources and Suggested Uses–including reading material, slide shows and more.

At the  2014 LWVUS Convention, the national board and delegates looked at these  questions.  LWVUS positions on money in politics did not seem to adequately address these issues, so the update studies were approved. LWVBAE members can join the committee to study and report on both issues starting in September.

About the Money in Politics Review

The Money in Politics 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 as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment. The campaign finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider: (1) 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 (2) how those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position.

The Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision and its results prompted these update studies.

The Money in Politics Meetings in a Box materials are available here.

The LWVBAE Constitutional Amendment Committee will study the process of amending the U.S. Constitution. The Study Committee will form in September; the committee will probably present its materials to the members in November and the members will reach agreement on a proposed policy position at that time, since our findings must be sent to LWVUS by December 1, 2015. The Constitutional Amendment Study materials are listed here.

Interested in studying and preparing a presentation for you fellow members? Contact or attend the organizing meeting Aug 1 at 2 pm described above.

For more on the studies see the updated Money in Politics Team page.


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