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    The Perfect Storm: Democracy in the Age of Big Money and Big Media

    The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling has led to unprecedented political ad spending — fattening broadcasters’ wallets and undermining electoral coverage. And media consolidation has weakened news organizations — the very institutions that are supposed to question those in power and keep the public informed. 

    Colorado is on the front lines of this phenomenon. How is democracy faring in this critical swing state, which has suffered the loss of a major daily newspaper and experienced covert consolidation in the television broadcast market? How can media outlets better hold government and corporate leaders accountable? How can Colorado’s history of campaign finance reform position the state as a leader in the movement to take back our democracy?  And what can the average person do to make a difference?

    Event details:
    Date: March 7, 2013
    Time: 6­–8 p.m.
    Location: LoRaine Good Room, fourth floor, Tivoli Center (900 Auraria Parkway)
    Parking: Ninth and Auraria across from the Pepsi Center

    Columnist, bestselling author and TV commentator David Sirota will moderate a discussion featuring:

    Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron 
    Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps 
    American Independent News Network reporter Susan Greene 
    Colorado Common Cause Executive Director Elena Nunez 
    Sunlight Foundation Consultant Nancy Watzman

    In the lead-up to the National Conference for Media Reform, which will be held in Denver on April 5–7, we are pleased to invite you to join us for a conversation about how to fight back in the age of big money and big media. 

    This event is co-presented by Free Press, Colorado Common Cause and the Metropolitan State University Department of Journalism and Technical Communication. 

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