WSUV public forum will address whether corporations are people

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Southwest Washington citizens will have a chance Wednesday to learn about a landmark Supreme Court case that decided corporations may be considered people when it comes to influencing political campaigns.

Washington State University’s Vancouver campus will host a forum from 3 to 5 p.m. to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case that extended the constitutional rights people have to companies. The case held that the First Amendment can keep the government from censoring political broadcasts in candidate elections when those broadcasts are funded by corporations.

Speakers include Eric Byler, co-founder of the Coffee Party USA movement and politics professor Carolyn Long. The forum takes place in Room 129 of the WSUV administration building. The event is free and open to the public.