When it comes to environmental protection and energy independence, the U.S. can no longer afford to cater to the highest bidder, according to Joan Mandle, executive director of Democracy Matters, who will speak on campaign finance reform and the environment at 6 p.m. April 21 in Room 307 of Reeve Memorial Union.
“Clean Elections, Clean Environment” will address the impact of special interests and wealthy campaign donors on environmental legislation. The presentation is sponsored by the Oshkosh chapter of Democracy Matters and supplements the group’s efforts to better inform the campus community about the complexities of campaign finance reform.
“It’s one of the most important issues out there,” said Aaryn Mustoe, the chapter’s vice president. “Whether it’s the environment, our national energy policy, the economy or foreign policy, many of our problems can be traced back to our flawed electoral system.”
NBA player Adonal Foyle founded Democracy Matters, which now has 76 chapters on college campuses across the U.S., in 2001 at Colgate University. UW Oshkosh’s chapter started up in February. For more information, visit www.democracymatters.org.
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