Ethics attorney to speak about big money


Bruce Berlin, a social change activist and former public sector ethics attorney, will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Citizen's United, which ruled corporations have some of the same rights as individuals. The free event will occur Saturday (April 22), 9:30 a.m. at Taos Mesa Brewing, off U.S. 64 west, near the Río Grande Gorge Bridge.

Taos United, a new local nonprofit citizen education and political action organization, is sponsoring Berlin, who will describe the Citizen's United decision and how this has increased the influence of "big money" within Congress.

Berlin is the author of "Breaking Big Money's Grip on America." He is also involved with New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics, a Santa Fe-based statewide effort to educate and inform voters.

Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend Berlin's presentation to learn how they can take action.

Taos United team member Daniel Pritchard said, "With the recent passage of legislation to open all of our internet and cellphone privacy to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and other providers, it's good to ask, 'Why did this significant abuse of power and violation of privacy get passed when no one - not Republicans, not conservatives, not liberals, not progressives - not any voter will like the result?' The answer is big money passed this bill. What can citizens do? Come hear Bruce Berlin describe how we resist a government for sale."

Taos United is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization located in Taos. The group is a nonpartisan progressive citizen education and political action organization with more than 355 members, according to the organizers. Sixteen active issue groups are researching key concerns to develop priorities and actions for citizens, according to a statement from the organization. Taos United is aligned with Indivisible, Our Revolution and other progressive groups statewide.

- Staff report