Big money influences on elections to be discussed at Oakdale forum

The role of big money in political campaigns will be discussed Aug. 8 in Oakdale, at an event sponsored by River Valley Action.

The nonpartisan citizens group — which looks at state and local public policy issues — is calling the forum:  “Follow the Money: How Big Money Influences Our Elections and Public Policy.”

Panelists will be Tom Horner, the 2010 Independence Party candidate for governor; DFL state Sen. John Marty; and Beth Hawkins, a MinnPost journalist.

Matt Entenza, a former DFL state House member who knows a bit about big money in politics, will moderate.

Organizers say:

Big money may be exciting on a game show, but it’s a problem our democracy. From the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling to flawed campaign finance laws to groups like ALEC, citizens are seeing the negative impact that big money is having on our elections, public policy, and civic dialogue.”

The event is Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Peter O’Neill Hall at Guardian Angels Church 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale, near I-94 and Radio Drive.

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