The League of Women Voters Dearborn/Dearborn Heights will present “Dark Money & Our Democracy: Campaign Finance” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 N. Military in Dearborn (on the corner of Cherry Hill, a few blocks north of Michigan Avenue).
The findings from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network's report “Dark Money & Our Democracy” will be presented by MCFN Executive Director Rich Robinson. Robinson will also speak on the impact of soft money, League of Women Voters Dearborn/Dearborn Heights President Betsy Cushman said, as well as on last year's Michigan Supreme Court 2012 election campaigns.
“'What is soft money?' is a good question, and I'm hoping to learn more myself,” Cushman said. “I think it's when you don't have reported individual campaign contributions, like PACs, and I'm looking to learn more about it.
“The Michigan Supreme Court campaigns had more than $11 million donations for TV ads that when undocumented,” Cushman said.
The MCFN, according to Cushman, is a non-partisan, non-profit coalition of organizations and individuals concerned about the influence of money in politics, and the need for campaign-finance reform. It does research, she said, into how campaign contributions affect elections and public policy in Michigan.
Robinson is not the executive director of MCFN only, Cushman said, but also its principle researcher. The speaker at the Oct. 24 League presentation has been featured in articles running in the Lansing State Journal, Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, and Cushman added that she herself has heard Robinson speak on previous occasions.
“He's really expert on this subject,” Cushman said. “I think we're fortunate to have him.
“Honestly, this is affecting our democracy in so many unseen ways, and we're making an effort to educate ourselves,” she said.
For further information on Thursday's presentation, call (313) 278-6476, or go to the website lwvddh.org.