Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Justices creating a spending spree?
  • Justices creating a spending spree?

If you're hot about the recent Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling that flung open the doors for corporations to flood political campaigns with money, mark 7 p.m., Thursday, April 29 on your calendar.

That's when the Colorado Springs ACLU will host its Spring Forum at Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus, featuring two national speakers who will speak about "corporate personhood" and the ruling's aftermath.

Jeff Milchen is executive director of, and also the founder of the American Independent Business Alliance, which promotes entrepreneurial small business over large corporations.

Riki Ott is a marine biologist, environmentalist and executive director of, which is seeking a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling.

"The ACLU's position has always been controversial, since the organization originally supported Citizens United, but took a lot of heat from state branches, including Colorado's," Loring Wirbel, co-chair of Colorado Springs ACLU, says in an e-mail. "We were going to make some introductory statements, but Laurie Bennett of DU Law School just informed us last night she would love to come down April 29 to provide a history of ACLU's position."

Just this week, the issue became more controversial with the national ACLU issuing this release.

"Since this is an issue attracting attention for both conservatives and liberals," Wirbel adds, "we're expecting a pretty lively event."

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