On Wednesday, September 9, Democracy Matters hosted a rally supporting campaign finance reform. The afternoon demonstration, attended by students, faculty and Hamilton residents alike, was held in front of the village post office in response to the Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. The Court’s decision could result in the overturning of previous campaign finance related decisions, which would, in effect, lead to the reversal of some restrictions on corporate contributions to campaigns.
“If the Court decides in favor of Citizens United, it would be a huge problem for democracy in America,” Democracy Matters campus coordinator senior Sarah Finn said. “It would put millions of dollars into the election system that would keep candidates in the pockets of the big corporations. We need to make sure that elections remain in the hands of the people.”
Democracy Matters, which was founded by NBA star and Colgate alumnus Adonal Foyle ’98, meets Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) lounge.