Phoenix—Anonymous political speech has been a cherished principle since the earliest days of the American republic. The ability to speak anonymously—and to privately support others who speak on your behalf—has played a central role in historical milestones from the ratification of the U.S. Constitution to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizen United, there has been a new outcry from some critics that the public deserves to know who seeks to influence elections by giving money to private political groups. Describing anonymous giving as “dark money,” these critics want new laws that compel independent groups to give the names and addresses of their donors to the government.
On Tuesday, April 28, four legal experts will debate whether this campaign against anonymous giving benefits or harms free speech and democratic participation. Starting at 7 p.m. the debate will be broadcast live on the Internet from the Cronkite journalism school on Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus. The debate is free and open to the public and members of the media.
If you are unable to attend, you can watch the debate live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/GoldwaterInstitute.
The debate will be tweeted with the hashtag #DarkMoneyDebate.
Topic: The Dark Money Debate: Is Anonymous Political Speech Protected By The First Amendment?
When: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, April 28
Where: First Amendment Forum, Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communications, Arizona State University
Debaters: Kurt Altman, national policy adviser and general counsel, Goldwater Institute; Allen Dickerson, Legal Director, Center for Competitive Politics; Tom Irvine, legal expert on election law, ASU Alumni Law Group; Daniel Barr, First Amendment expert, Perkins Coie law firm
Moderator: Robert Robb, editorial board member, Arizona Republic
This event is hosted by the Goldwater Institute and has been made possible by a grant from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation.