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When Money Talks – The High Price of “Free” Speech and the Selling of Democracy

  • West Valley Branch Public Library 1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd San Jose, CA 95117 USA (map)

Book tour appearance by author Derek Cressman

Americans know that the corrupting influence of special interest money is destroying our democratic process. Now they want to know what they can do about it. Derek Cressman gives us the tools, both intellectual and tactical, to fight back.

The book examines how courts have foiled attempts to limit campaign spending, what a constitutional amendment limiting paid speech should say, and explains how concerned citizens can use an overlooked political tool to help gain its passage. Seven times before in our history we have passed constitutional amendments to overturn wrongheaded rulings by the Court—there’s no reason we can’t do it again.

Help restore democracy. Bring a friend.

RSVP to or 408-262-8975.

About Derek Cressman:

Mr. Cressman began working professionally to reduce big money in politics in 1995 with such nonpartisan organizations as Common Cause and the Public Interest Research Group. As director of Common Cause’s Amend 2012 campaign, Derek was the architect behind measures in Montana, Colorado, and Massachusetts, where voters demanded Congress pass an amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC.

Derek has served as an expert in federal litigation and many government committees, appeared extensively in the media, and ran for California Secretary of State in 2014.

Sponsored by Human Agenda (
and Santa Clara County-Move to Amend (