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Two Former Congressmen Share Insights on Big Money in Politics at Rockford University

02/04/2020 2:10 pm

Rockford, IL (February 04, 2020): Former Congressmen John Cox and Don Manzullo will discuss the role of super PACs, big money, and the polarization of politics in America on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Rockford University’s Severson Auditorium located in Scarborough Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The Citizens United case brings to light concerns regarding the massive amounts of money being poured into today’s elections which allows individuals, corporations, and others to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence campaigns. The issue crosses both sides of the aisle as Manzullo, a Republican and Cox, a Democrat, who both represented the 16th Congressional District of Illinois, will attest. They plan to share their insights on the impact big money has on the political environment – both from an insider’s perspective in Congress and as active community members.

“We want to draw attention to the issues of bundling, independent expenditures, and Super PACs,” shared Cox and Manzullo. “It has created chaos in the political system and unfair advantage, exacerbating an already hostile political environment. The more our citizens understand about the central issues of campaign finance, the better they can advocate for reform.”

The program is being co-sponsored by the Institute of World Affairs and Trade at Rockford University (IWAT), Rockford Public Library, and Dr. Ron Lee, Assistant Professor of Political Science. This program partnership is an opportunity to learn about the central issues of campaign finance and continue efforts to depolarize political discourse in our region like those being led by Rockford Public Library through its Better Angels Skills Building Workshops.

About the Institute of World Affairs and Trade at Rockford University (IWAT)

The Institute of World Affairs and Trade at Rockford University is a non-partisan public policy organization. It is dedicated to exploring domestic and international issues and their impact at a local level.



Don Manzullo, 

Senior Advisor and Assistant Director, Institute of World Affairs and Trade at Rockford University

Adjunct Instructor, Rockford University

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