Announcement: September 30th Forum on Citizens United Decision

The American Institute for Progressive Democracy hereby announces a major public forum entitled
The Role of Corporations in the American Electoral Process:
The Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court Decision

The forum, co-sponsored by Common Cause and by the School of Politics and Economics at the Claremont Graduate School, took place September 30, 2011 at the Albrecht Auditorium ( on the CGU campus in Claremont (California) at 7:00pm.

The video of the program can be viewed online at 

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The American Institute for Progressive Democracy
2058 North Mills Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

A $5 donation is requested to help cover our costs. 


7:00 p.m. - Welcoming Comments:

  • Andrew J. Winnick, President
    The American Institute for Progressive Democracy
  • Jean Schroedel, Dean
    The School of Politics and Economics
    Claremont Graduate University

7:10 p.m.- Introduction of Panel Members & Discussant: Andrew J. Winnick

  • Bob Edgar, President and CEO, Common Cause & Former Member of United States Congress
  • Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal & Judicial Studies
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean, U.C. Irvine, School of Law
  • Charles Doskow, Dean Emeritus, University of La Verne, School of Law

7:15 p.m. - Panelists' Presentations - 15 minutes each

8:00 p.m. - Comments by Discussant - Charles Doskow

8:10 p.m. - Responses from Panelists - 5 minutes each

8:25 p.m. - Question and Answer Period - 2 minutes each

9:00 p.m. - Wine & Cheese Reception

Time will be allotted for questions and short comments from the audience. There will be a wine and cheese reception following (about 9pm). The public is invited but the seating is limited. 

Speaker Bios

Bob Edgar, known for his work on improving democracy in this country, has been President and CEO of Common Cause since 2007. He previously served six terms in Congress, has been General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, President of the Claremont School of Theology, holds five honorary doctorates and is the author of a book, Middle Church.

Hans von Spakovsky is an attorney who served in the Justice Department in the G.W. Bush administration. Following an appointment at the Federal Elections Commission, he has been a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal & Judicial Studies.

Erwin Chemerinsky is the Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of six books, most recently, Enhancing Government: Federalism for the 21st Century (2008). He frequently argues cases before the nation's highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media.

Charles Doskow is the Discussant of the presentations and is Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at the University of La Verne, School of Law. He is the 2011 recipient of the Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter's Erwin Chemerinsky Defender of the Constitution Award.

The video of the program can be viewed online at