Citizens United
Forum Tools

This section contains ​potential discussion questions, visual aids, PowerPoint presentation materials, etc. that will be helpful when hosting a public or League discussion forum. 

Guidelines for Forums Sponsored by The League of Women Voters
This is a template that can be used when planning a forum.

The Democracy in the Balance
​This PowerPoint presentation was produced by the League of Women Voters, Massachusetts.

Money in Politics and the Aftermath of Citizens United
This Power Point presentation is an overview of documents presented in the CU toolkit. Note sections of the slides tell which document the slide content was derived from. It is designed as a forum tool to discuss money in politics and the effect of the CU decision using the CU toolkit. The presenter is able to use the information in the documents to prepare a presentation or create discussion materials. The information in the documents also enables a forum presenter to be an informative discussion leader.

Historical Background
​        Introduction to CU V FEC
        Powell Memorandum    
​        The Path
​        The View From 2015                 

Key Aspects of Citizens United
        Wake Up Call
        Citizen Disillusionment
        Protections of the First Amendment Rights

Impact of Money in Politics
        Campaign Spending and Voter Behavior
        Campaign Contributions and Policy Making
        David and Goliath
        Contributions Help Access to Officials

Regulatory Agencies
        Federal Election Commission (FEC)
        Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
        Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
        Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

National Action and Responses
        American Anti-Corruption Act
        Federal Campaign Finance Legislation Since CU
        Federal Public Campaign Funding Efforts
        LWV Updated Campaign Finance Positions
        LWV Work on Campaign Finance Reform                       

Actions in Washington State
        PDLs at Risk
        Protecting WAs PDLs
        Role of Wealth in WA Politics
        Washington Campaign Finance Legislation Since CU
        WA Constitution Amendment Initiatives   
        WA Public Campaign Financing

Forum Tools
        Guidelines for Forums
        Democracy in the Balance (PowerPoint)
        Money in Politics and the Aftermath of CU (PowerPoint)